Pope John Paul I

Pope John Paul I (Latin: Ioannes Paulus I; Italian: Giovanni Paolo I; born Albino Luciani [alˈbiːno luˈtʃaːni]; 17 October 1912 – 28 September 1978) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 26 August 1978 until his death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent year of three popes and the first to occur since 1605. John Paul I remains the most recent Italian-born pope, the last in a succession of such popes that started with Clement VII in 1523.

John Paul I
Bishop of Rome
Official photograph, 1978
ChurchCatholic Church
Papacy began26 August 1978
Papacy ended28 September 1978
PredecessorPaul VI
SuccessorJohn Paul II
Ordination7 July 1935
by Giosuè Cattarossi
Consecration27 December 1958
by John XXIII
Created cardinal5 March 1973
by Paul VI
Personal details
Albino Luciani

(1912-10-17)17 October 1912
Died28 September 1978(1978-09-28) (aged 65)
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Previous post(s)
EducationPontifical Gregorian University (PhD)
MottoHumilitas (Humility)
SignatureJohn Paul I's signature
Coat of armsJohn Paul I's coat of arms
Feast day26 August[1][2]
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Beatified4 September 2022
Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City
by Pope Francis
Other popes named John Paul
Ordination history of
Pope John Paul I
Diaconal ordination
Date2 February 1935
Priestly ordination
Ordained byGiosuè Cattarossi
Date7 July 1935
PlaceChurch of San Pietro, Belluno, Kingdom of Italy
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPope John XXIII
Co-consecratorsGirolamo Bortignon (Padua)
Gioacchino Muccin (Bell. & Felt.)
Date27 December 1958
PlaceSaint Peter's Basilica
Elevated byPope Paul VI
Date5 March 1973

Before the August 1978 papal conclave that elected him, he expressed his desire not to be elected, telling those close to him that he would decline the papacy if elected; upon the cardinals' electing him, he felt an obligation to say yes.[4] He was the first pontiff to have a double name, choosing "John Paul" in honour of his two immediate predecessors, John XXIII and Paul VI. He explained that he was indebted to John XXIII and to Paul VI for naming him a bishop and a cardinal, respectively. Furthermore, he was the first pope to add the regnal number "I", designating himself "the First".

His two immediate successors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, later recalled the warm qualities of the late pontiff in several addresses. In Italy, he is remembered with the appellatives of Il Papa del Sorriso (transl.The Smiling Pope)[5] and Il Sorriso di Dio (transl.The Smile of God).[6] Time magazine and other publications referred to him as "The September Pope".[7] He is also known in Italy as "Papa Luciani". In his hometown of Canale d'Agordo a museum built and named in his honor is dedicated to his life and brief papacy.

He was declared a servant of God by his successor, John Paul II, on 23 November 2003, the first step on the road to sainthood. Pope Francis confirmed his heroic virtue on 8 November 2017 and named him as Venerable. Pope Francis presided over the beatification on 4 September 2022.[8][9]

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