Pope Francis recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul I, for which he will be beatified.
The miracle performed through the intercession of Juan Pablo I is the healing of a girl in Argentina.
Pope John Paul I was known as “the Pope of the smile”, his pontificate lasted only 33 days, one of the shortest in the history of the Church.
On November 9, 2017, Pope Francis signed the decree that recognized that John Paul I had lived the Christian virtues, of Faith, Hope and Charity, in a heroic way.
The recognition of heroic virtues is a long and complex step in the beatification process, because the life of the candidate is also studied in detail.
This October 13, Pope Francis acknowledged that John Paul I interceded in the realization of a miracle, so that his beatification may proceed. Along with him he also recognized the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God María Berenice Duque Hencker and the martyrdom of the Servants of God Pedro Ortiz de Zárate, diocesan priest, and Juan Antonio Solinas, professed priest of the Society of Jesus, murdered out of hatred for the faith in Argentina.
Albino Luciani was born on October 17, 1912 in the town of Canale d’Agordo in Italy. He was baptized that same day by a woman named Maria Fiocco, in view of “the imminent danger to his life,” as the Vatican website points out.
The pontificate of John Paul I began on September 3, 1978, and lasted only 33 days, one of the shortest in the history of the Church. He died on September 28, 1978 in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.
John Paul I, known as the Pope of the smile, was elected as the successor of Saint Paul VI on August 26, 1978.
His name brings together those of his two immediate predecessors. It was John for Saint John XXIII, and Paul for Saint Paul VI; as a way of honoring the two pontiffs who led the Second Vatican Council, the most important event of the Church in the 20th century.
He entered the minor seminary in Feltre (Italy) in October 1923 and in October 1928 he went to the Gregorian seminary in Belluno.
He was ordained a priest on July 7, 1935, at only 22 years of age. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he did the thesis “The origin of the human soul according to Antonio Rosmini.”
On December 15, 1958, Saint John XXIII appointed him Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, receiving the episcopal consecration on December 27 from the same Pontiff in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
On February 1, 1970, after having participated in the sessions of the Second Vatican Council, Saint Paul VI appointed him Patriarch of Venice. Three years later, on March 5, 1973, he was created a cardinal.
He participated in the first conclave of 1978 in which he was elected on August 26. 33 days later, on September 28, he died of a heart attack in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.