Angelo Giuseppe was born in a poor house of peasants called Palace, at a quarter past ten in the morning, the 25th November 1881 in Sotto il Monte, 16 km southwest of Bergamo, in the locality called Brusicco. He was the fourth of 13 children from Battista Roncalli and Marianna Mazzola. As it was customary he was baptized on that same day by the parish priest Francesco Rebuzzini in S. Mary's church. His great-uncle Zaverio Roncalli was the godfather, his grandfather's brother Angelo. He grew up in a simple family of farmers in a poor environment. The greatest wealth of the family was the faith, the love, the absolute trust in God's providence, the daily common prayer, which were a source of great serenity. The future Pope always recognized the preciousness of these virtues that he took up in the family and that he said they were " the most precious and important things that support and give warmth to the other ones" learned later. From 1887 to 1890 he attended the first three elementary classes. On 13 February 1889 he received the Confirmation by the Bishop Gaetano Guindani and the 31st March he received the first communion.