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35 Years Since the Election of John Paul I

Last edited 26th August 2013

35 Years Since the Election of John Paul I

Thirty-five years ago on 26 August 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani, Patriarch of Venice was elected Pope after the death of the Servant of God Pope Paul VI. The conclave of 101 cardinals lasted two days and he was elected on the fourth ballot. Luciani took the name of John Paul I – the first pope to have two names. He wanted to continue the work of Pope Paul VI and Pope John XXIII.

His reign lasted for a brief 33 days, with his sudden death occurring on Sept. 28, 1978.


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