Pope John Paul I
Pope John Paul I (Latin Ioannes Paulus PP. I), born Albino Luciani (October 17, 1912 – September 28, 1978), reigned as pope and as sovereign of Vatican City from August 26 to September 28, 1978. His 33-day papacy was one of the shortest reigns in papal history. He is remembered for his friendliness and humility, and is nicknamed "the smiling Pope".
- I come without five lire. I want to leave without five lire.
- On being appointed as Bishop of Vittorio Veneto (December 1958), Luciani declined gifts offered to him by the priests of the diocese; as quoted in In God's Name (1987) by David Yallop, 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" (1976)
- Yesterday, a funny thing happened to me on my way to the Conclave.
- Address to the crowd in St Peter's Square (27 August 1978), the day after his election, as quoted in In God's Name (1987) by David Yallop, p. 132
- We wish to continue in following up the legacy of the Second Vatican Council whose wise regulations have still to be led to their fulfilment, being careful that a push, generous perhaps, but unduly timed, does not detract from the content and meaning of the council, and on the other hand being careful and reined and timid efforts do not slow up the magnificent drive of renewal and of life.
- Address to the crowd in St Peter's Square (27 August 1978), as quoted in "Pope John Paul will continue policy of reform" by Peter Nichols, in The Times (28 August 1978), p. 1
- Even the young are killing each other.
- Last words upon hearing that neo-fascist youth had attacked other youth reading a communist paper, as quoted in "From the archive, 30 September 1978: Pope John Paul I dies of heart attack" by George Armstrong, in The Guardian (30 September 2013)
- I am at best on the C list for Pope.
- Remarks to journalists in August 1978, shortly before departing for the Conclave at which he was elected Pope.
Quotes about John Paul I
- Pope John Paul could have been a revolutionary Pope. He already had put aside the pompous trappings which went with the Papal coronation. Almost certainly he would have seen that the Vatican's mysterious finances, and financial dealings, were made public, and perhaps set them on a more pastoral track.
In Venice, he had urged his parish priest to sell the gold and jewels which people had donated to a saint or the Virgin Mary, and to use the money to help the needy. Had he carried it out in the Vatican, it would have been a revolutionary act.
- For my part, he was God's candidate.
- Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster. Quoted in Peter Nichols, "Pope John Paul will continue policy of reform", The Times, August 28, 1978, p. 1.