Soon, the beatification of Pope John Paul I, who headed the Church for 33 days, is to take place. On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that Francis had approved a decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of the Servant of God Albino Luciani.
According to the media, the beatification of John Paul I will probably take place in the first months of next year. His exceptionally short pontificate is one of the most interesting chapters in the history of the Church, and in the past there have been many questions and denied sensational speculations and conspiracy theories about the death of the Pope.
Who was Pope John Paul I?
Albino Luciani was born on October 17, 1912 in the Veneto region in northern Italy. From 1969 he was the patriarch of Venice. He was elected pope to the conclave on August 26, 1978, and the inauguration of his pontificate took place on September 3. He earned the nickname of the “smiling pope” among the faithful.
He managed to deliver 11 speeches and homilies, met the faithful four times at the general audience and five times at the Angelus Prayer. He died on September 28 in his apartment in the Apostolic Palace. The doctor pronounced death due to a heart attack.
The funeral of John Paul I took place on October 4, 1978 in St. Peter’s Square. Twelve days later, John Paul II was elected to the conclave.
Pope Luciani’s beatification process began in 2003.
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