Pope John Paul I (left) with Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, who later succeeded him as Pope John Paul II.
Pope John Paul I, who ruled for only 33 days in 1978, the Vatican announced yesterday in a statement that Pope Francis has approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the late Italian Pope, whose Birth name Albino Luciani was.
John Paul I was born on August 26, 1978 as the successor to Paul VI. elected and died unexpectedly on September 28th. He was followed by John Paul II, which went down in church history as the Year of the Three Popes in 1978.
His sudden death led to several books claiming conspiracy theories involving murder and poisoning, but they were generally exposed, and so was he is said to have died of a heart attack in his sleep. He was 65.
According to the Vatican media, the miracle in the case of John Paul I is the inexplicable healing of an 11-year-old girl in Buenos Aires. The Catholic Church teaches that only God works miracles, but that saints stand up for the people who pray to them.
After his beatification, a second, clear miracle would have to be ascribed to him so that he can be canonized.
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