Friday, Sept. 29, 1978
VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul I, the humble “little man” elected pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church just 34 days ago, died of a heart attack in his bed late Thursday. The 65-year-old pope’s reign was one of the shortest in history but his warmth and good humor had nonetheless endeared him to millions.
VATICAN CITY — The death of two popes within two months has touched off an international debate on medical care at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY — Thousands of mourners, many weeping openly, filed past the body of Pope John Paul I today as the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church planned the pontiff’s funeral for Wednesday [Oct. 4] and set Oct. 14 to begin the conclave that will choose his successor.
Pope John Paul I: “He Only Had Time to be Loved” (Reuters, UPI)
Will the Holy Men Choose Another Like John Paul? (William Montalbano)
What do you see as the providential purposes of John Paul I’s papacy?