Pope John Paul I
John Paul I born Albino Luciani, (17 October 1912 – 28 September 1978), reigned as Pope
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 of the Catholic Church and as Sovereign
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 of Vatican City
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 from 26 August 1978 until his death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent Year of Three Popes
Year of Three Popes
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. John Paul I was the first Pope to be born in the 20th century, and was also the last Pope to die in it.

In Italy
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 he is remembered with the appellatives of "Il Papa del Sorriso" (The Smiling Pope) and "Il Sorriso di Dio" (The smile of God).

I come without five lire. I want to leave without five lire.

David Yallop|David Yallop, "In God's Name" (Corgi, 1987), p. 44.

In 1815, the official French newspaper Le Moniteur, showed its readers how to follow Napoleon's progress: 'The brigand flees from the island of Elba'; 'The usurper arrives at Grenoble'; ' Napoleon enters Lyons'; 'The Emperor reaches Paris this evening'.

"Letter to St Bernard" in "Illustrissimi|Illustrissimi" (1976).

Yesterday, a funny thing happened to me on my way to the Conclave.

David Yallop|David Yallop, "In God's Name" (Corgi, 1987), p. 132.