Biography

1912 Born on 17 October in Forno d'Canale (Belluno Italy) later called Forno d'Agordo, son of Giovanni and Bortola Luciani.

1923 Albino entered the minor seminary at Feltre on October 1

1935 Ordained Priest in St Peters Church Belluno on 7 July

1935 Appointed curate in Forno di Canale on 8 July

1935-1937 Chaplain and teacher at Technical Institute for Miners in Agordo.

1937-1947 Appointed Vice Rector in Seminary at Belluno

1947 Appointed Pro Vicar General of the Diocese

1950 Received a Doctorate in Theology

1958 Consecrated Bishop of Vittorio Veneto on 27 December

1969 Patriarch of Venice on the 15 December

1973 He was made a Cardinal on 5 March

1978 Elected Pope on 26 August and uses the name Pope John Paul 1

1978 Pope John Paul 1 dies on 28 September after only 33 days in office

Tomb of Pope John Paul I (Photo by Phil Garland)

For more information on his life, read "John Paul I: The Smiling Pope", by a Carmelite nun published in 1985 by St Teresa's Press, Carmelite Monastery PO Box 785 Flemington, New Jersey, 08822, USA.