Sunday, September 4, 2022

Pope Francis beatifies John Paul I

Pope Francis beatifies John Paul I
Pope John Paul I

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified one of his predecessors, John Paul I, a briefly serving pontiff who distinguished himself with his humility and cheerfulness. The ceremony in St. Peter's Square constituted the last formal step in the Vatican before possible sainthood for Albino Luciani. John Paul I "with a smile communicated the goodness of the Lord," Francis said in his homily. Francis encouraged people to pray to the newly beatified churchman to "obtain for us the smile of the soul."

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