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33 years since the election of John Paul I as pope

Luciani, known as “the smiling pope,” was the son of a Socialist Party organizer and was never considered a serious candidate for the papacy. If the idea was ever suggested, it was always answered with a cooking proverb from Venice: “You can?t make dumpling pasta with this mass.” During his inaugural Mass, on September 3, he rejected the papal tiara. A month later, the night of September 28, John Paul I died of a heart attack.CB/AE RRGDP BN