Happy 100th Birthday to the Smiling Pope!

Pope John Paul I

Pope John Paul I, had he lived, would have been 100 years old on October 30, 2012.Bishop Albino Luciani had been Patriarch of Venice for nine years when he was elected to the papacy in 1978, succeeding the deceased Pope Paul VI.  He was quickly dubbed “The Smiling Pope,” popular with the public for his gentle disposition and winsome smile.  He took the name of Pope John Paul.But the new Pontiff served only 33 days in the papacy before his unexpected death on September 28, 1978.  In that b … [Read more...]