Friday, August 26, 2011

Remembering the Smiling Pope

August 26 is the 33rd anniversary of the election of Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, the Smiling Pope. He was the Son of Giovanni Luciani and Bortola Tancon, poor working folks; baptized the same day at home by the midwife as he was in danger of death. He entered the seminary at Feltre in October 1923, and the Gregorian seminary at Belluno in October 1928. Deacon on 2 February 1935. Ordained at Belluno, Italy on 7 July 1935. He was Parish priest and taught religion at the Technical Institute for Miners in Agordo. He was Rector of the Gregorian seminary from 1937 to 1947. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome in 1947. Chancellor of the diocese of Belluno in 1947. Bishop of Vittorio Veneto on 15 December 1958. He attended the Second Vatican Council. He was made Patriarch of Venice in 1969. Created Cardinal on 5 March 1973. He was the Pope for less than five weeks.

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