In 2013, Pope Francis - bypassing the traditionally required second miracle - declared John XXIII a saint, after unanimous agreement by a meeting, of the College of Cardinals, based on the fact that he was considered to have lived a virtuous, model lifestyle, and because of the good for the Church which had come from his having opened the Second Vatican Council.
- The text of Prolegomenon To Any Future Visit Of A Pope To America, the second chapter of Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, is written as notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive that reflects on the good and bad of Paul VI's visit to New York. The author wagers that William Buckley would have gone ahead with his plan to display signs in Yankee Stadium had John visited New York, rather than Paul: "Good thing John didn't come. The joke-cracking would've been okay, but he lacked what I may call the higher seriousness (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 29)."
- "The last couple of sentences in the paragraph suggest that the remote and dignified Paul was closer to Madison Avenue's image of a Pope than his earthy and relaxed predecessor."