The Smiling Pope. Albino Luciani was born in Italy on 17 October 1912. He became Pope on 26 August 1978, and took the name John Paul. He was always smiling and in Italy is remembered as ‘The Smiling Pope’ . He reached out to everyone.
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
Italy on 17 October 1912.
August 1978, and took the
name John Paul.
and in Italy is remembered
as ‘The Smiling Pope’. He
reached out to everyone.
“The smile was not a mask, behind which a person can hide.”
born in 1567 and died in 1622).
good, because ‘God is love’.
during his time at University that he wanted to serve God
instead of money and the world. He decided to become a
deaf man about God. Because of this, he is the patron saint
of the deaf.
Before he became Pope, John Paul I wrote some letters to famous people from history and books which were published in an Italian newspaper. One of these letters was to St Francis, who he called, the “gentlest of saints”.
“As priest, missionary and bishop you gave your time to others: to children, the poor, the sick, sinners, heretics, the middle classes and princes.”
Pope John Paul I was encouraged and inspired to reach out to everyone and speak in language that everyone understood by St Francis de Sales.
St Francis knew that he wasn’t perfect and was honest about this. He talked about “our dear imperfections”.
God our Father,
Pope John Paul identified with St Francis de Sales. We pray to you and to St Francis for Pope John Paul, that he too may become a Saint. Help me to know the lives of the Saints better, and find out about the ones I can identify with.