Pope Francis beatifies short-lived, 'smiling Pope' John Paul I
Monday, September 5, 2022
At the rain-drenched homily, the sitting Pope urged Catholics to pray for John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, to "obtain for us the smile of the soul." From thehe said, "[with] a smile, Pope John Paul managed to communicate the goodness of the Lord" and "lived without compromise, loving to the very end" as a "meek and humble pastor."
Born impoverished in northern Italy in 1912, Luciani was ordained a priest in 1935 and made a cardinal in 1973. He was elected pontiff on 's passing on August 26, 1978, and was succeeded by Pope John Paul II after he was found dead on September 29. On John Paul I's legacy, Francis said: "How beautiful is a church with a happy, serene and smiling face, that never closes doors, never hardens hearts, never complains or harbours resentment, does not grow angry or impatient, does not look dour or suffer nostalgia for the past."
In Catholicism, Argentine girl was attributed by Pope Francis for her 'miraculous' recovery. Another miracle needs to be approved before he can be made a saint, however.is the final step before for the brief-serving pontiff and requires two approved miracles. Last year, a 2011 by two parents of a critically ill
Though widely dismissed, the circumstances surrounding John Paul I's death have nonetheless been subject to conspiracy theories after the Vatican initially reported a priest had discovered his body, then corrected it as two nuns. The Church has announced his death was by heart attack, although no autopsy was done.
Stefania Falasca, the deputybehind the push for John Paul I's sainthood and author of several books on the deceased pontiff, called conspiracies "publicity-driven garbage". Cardinal and the Vatican Secretary of State told Italian television Friday: "It was a natural death. There is no mystery about it".
- Thaddeus Jones. "Pope beatifies John Paul I: May he obtain for us the 'smile of the soul'" — , September 4, 2022
- Agence France-Presse. "Pope Francis beatifies 'Smiling Pope' John Paul I" — , September 4, 2022
- Frances D'Emilio, Alessandra Tarantino. "John Paul I, briefly serving, ’smiling” pope, is beatified" — , September 4, 2022