Pope John Paul I was head of the Catholic Church for only one month: from August 26, 1978 until his sudden death 33 days later, on September 28. Italians call him “the Smiling Pope” (“Il Papa del Sorriso”). Time Magazine called him “The September Pope.”
He took his name as an homage to the two popes before him: Pope John XXIII, and Pope Paul VI.In his last papal address before his unexpected death, Pope John Paul I spoke in English. His message was about love.