We sincerely hope you enjoy this site. It was meant for you and all those like you who are interested in the Smiling Pope. Our purpose is to spread knowledge of Pope John Paul I, his writings and his spirituality, and to promote the cause for his canonization.

Albino Luciani’s life was a humble and hidden one. This obscure cardinal was elected Pope to everyone’s amazement on August 26, 1978. He left more amazement and consternation behind him when he died suddenly after only a month as Pope. It might not seem that his papacy had much influence, but the strrength of that influence is being revealed more and more with time, especially since his canonization process was started in 2003.

On October 17, 2012, we marked the 100th anniversary of his birth. During that same week, on October 11, the Church commemorated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and opened the Year of Faith promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI. The same month of October also saw the Synod on the New Evangelization.

This convergence of events seems providential, because Papa Luciani’s life as a priest and bishop was dedicated to furthering the Catholic faith through evangelization, and purifying it through holiness of life. Above all, his efforts were directed toward fulfilling the aims of Vatican II for the advancement and renewal of the faith in the life of the Church. Our efforts will be directed toward understanding his life and his message.

You can find out more about Papa Luciani through the books available in our store. All proceeds will go to the Association.

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