Rome. – In a solemn ceremony marked by torrential rains, Pope Francis today called on John Paul I—Albino Luciani—who in 1978 ruled for just 33 days and was a “meek and humble shepherd” whose gospel to live happily ever after. For example, declared blessed. “Not halfway, but to the extreme, without concessions”, he asked everyone to continue.
“With his smile, Pope Luciani managed to convey the goodness of the Lord. It is a church with a cheerful, calm and smiling face, that never closes its doors, that does not harden hearts Who doesn’t complain or hold resentment, who isn’t angry or impatient, who doesn’t look harsh or suffer nostalgia for the past,” said Francis, who performed the Beatification Mass in front of some 25,000 faithful in St Peter’s Square. headed, all with umbrellas and plastic ponchos to protect themselves from the rain.
Born in 1912 in a mountainous village in the Veneto to a humble family who had to emigrate for work—so much so that his father was a bricklayer in Argentina—Albino Luciani was a priest who was very close to the last and known for himself. Used to go Simple way of speaking, that reaches people. He participated in the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), a ecclesiastical event meant to modernize the Catholic Church, and was the Patriarch of Venice. Peter was elected to the throne on August 26, 1978 at the conclave that decided the successor of Paul VI (1963–1978), he chose to be called John Paul I in honor of his predecessor and Pope John XXIII, who served as the second was. Vatican Council. An entire official program, which was suddenly interrupted 33 days later, when he suffered a heart attack in his room in the Apostolic Palace. That sudden death and a poor communications handling of it by the Vatican gave rise to the black legend that he was poisoned, paid for by a best-seller (Inquiry into the Assassination of Pope John Paul I in the Name of God, by British David Yalop). But, as the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin – and many historians – reiterated, there was really no conspiracy. “It was a natural death and it is unfortunate that this legend lives on today,” Parolin said.
The truth is, 33 days in the papacy of Luciani, famous for his smile, quite different in his language, simple in his language, because of his very innovative style of being Pope, left an indelible mark on the history of the Catholic Church. Juan Pablo I, in fact, stopped using the traditional “we” of royalty and started using “I”; He rejected the tiara (Papal Crown) and wanted to drop the tradition of the gestoria chair. And, perhaps under pressure from the enormous responsibility of being the supreme head of the Catholic Church, he died at the age of 65 with a reputation for holiness, after impressing with memorable phrases such as the Angelus of September 10, 1978, which the Pope Francis recalled in his discourse.
“We are, from God, the object of a love that never fails: He is a father and, even more so, He is a mother,” said Luciani, the last of the 45 pontiffs in a line of this nationality. It was the Italian Pope. 456 years.
Reviewing his biography, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, who had been his disciple and postulator for the cause of the Sermon, recalled the Argentine connection to John Paul I, after a miracle was attested through his intercession in the diocese altars. came in his honour. Buenos Aires in July 2011. It is a case of the ambiguous treatment of a girl from Paraná, Candela Giarda, now a 21-year-old girl, who was unable to travel to attend the Blessed Ceremony due to breaking her leg. A few days ago a few years ago. Yes, José Dabusti was present, the priest who had the intuition to pray to John Paul I, with his mother, to be saved, who brought a relic of the newly blessed—a handwritten text to the altar, while it was raining. Cats and dogs with thunder and lightning. His brother, Roberto Dabusti, a layman who worked for many years in the Archbishopric of Buenos Aires, with the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, meanwhile, read one of the readings.
In a sermon inspired by the day’s gospel, Francis recalled that following Jesus “does not mean entering court or participating in a victory parade, nor does it mean obtaining life insurance.” “On the contrary, it means carrying the cross” and giving oneself completely, not half, as he explained. “If we don’t aim high, if we don’t take risks, if we are satisfied with the rose water belief, we—Jesus says—are like someone who wants to build a tower, but is well calculated. doesn’t do what to do it (…).If, for fear of losing ourselves, we stop giving of ourselves, we leave things unfinished: relationships, chores, responsibilities assigned to us, dreams And also faith, ”he said. “And then we go on living half a life; without ever taking a decisive step, without putting down, without putting everything at stake for the good, without really committing ourselves to others. Jesus ask us this: Live the gospel and you will live life not in half but to the end. No concessions,” he continued.
“Brothers, sisters, the new Blessed lived like this: with the joy of the gospel, without concessions, loving to the extreme. He embodied the poverty of the disciple, which means getting rid of not only material things, but Above all, overcome the temptation to center your ‘I’ and seek your glory”, he exhorted. “On the contrary, following the example of Jesus, he was a gentle and humble shepherd”, he underlined, recalling that the albino Luciani used to say: “The Lord has recommended us to be humble! Even if you have done great things, then say: We are worthless slaves.”
While the portrait of the New Blessed – created by a Chinese artist – was already open and dominated the stage, on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, dozens of cardinals, bishops, priests, the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella and thousands of faithful, including many who traveled from the Diocese of Belluno, the birthplace of Luciani, to the northeast. Despite the rain, which stopped falling at the end of the ceremony, tourists from all over the world also filled the square. Among them, Fernanda Ravachin, Natalia Maidan and Mariella Porcelli, three pharmacists and friends from west of Buenos Aires, who were on holiday in Italy, confessed to La Naccione that they knew nothing about “the Pope with a smile”. , some for them “unexpected”, but “excellent”.