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Italy's 'smiling pope' inches closer to sainthood

00:23 EST 9 Nov 2017 | Yahoo News

Italy's 'smiling pope' inches closer to sainthoodPope John Paul I, who served for just 33 days as Pontiff in 1978 before his abrupt death, has moved a step closer to sainthood, the Vatican said on Thursday. Known as the "smiling Pope" because of his good nature, Albino Luciani's reign as head of the Catholic Church was the shortest in modern times and his shock demise fueled press speculation that he might have been murdered. The Vatican has always denied the rumors, saying he died of a heart attack.


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