Pope John Paul I to be declared ‘blessed’

Pope Francis has given his authorisation for Pope John Paul I to be declared ‘blessed’.

Born Albino Luciani on 17 October 1912, Pope John is the shortest-serving Pope within the Catholic Church.

In fact, he only served as Pope for 33 days, until his death on 28 September 1978 at the age of 66 years.

The miracle attributed to Pope John Paul I concerns an 11-year-old girl in Argentina who was dying because of inflammation.

The parish priest in the locality where the hospital is located asked for his intercession, and after some days the girl was cured.

Another miracle now has to be attributed to Pope John Paul I, for the Vatican to be able to declare him a saint.