Saturday, Aug. 26, 1978
We have a pope! Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice has been elected on the conclave’s second day. He has chosen the name John Paul I. (And no, that “first” is not a typo but the new pope’s own addition.)
“The Roman Catholic Church has a New Pope” (NBC Nightly News)
Of all the biographical profiles prepared by the Holy See Press Office before the conclave, Cardinal Luciani’s was the briefest. But we will soon be learning more about this man whose election on the fourth ballot has surprised the world. The pope’s first Urbi et Orbi Blessing “to the city [of Rome] and the world” has already revealed that he has a beautiful chanting voice.
What name would you choose if you were elected pope, or what papal name would you like to see someone take?