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Venice celebrates 100th anniversary of birth of Pope John Paul I

October 30, 2012

The Church in Venice celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul I with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Francesco Moraglia at St. Mark’s basilica on October 30, followed by a concert of sacred music interspersed with readings from the written works of “the Smiling Pope.”

Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, was Patriarch of Venice from 1969 until his election in 1978 to replace the deceased Pope Paul VI. He was Pontiff for only 33 days before his sudden death on September 28, 1978.


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