Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venetian Pontiff
Pope John Paul I will go up to the altars. Francis has in fact authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree concerning the miracle – the healing of a girl in desperate conditions – attributed to the intercession of the venerable servant of God Albino Luciani. Born on October 17, 1912 in Forno di Canale (today Canale d’Agordo), elected Pope on August 26, 1978, he died on the following September 28 in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.
Albino Luciani was pope for only 33 days, one of the shortest pontificates in history. He was the son of a socialist worker who had worked for a long time as an emigrant in Switzerland. Luciani was ordained a priest in 1935 and in 1958 he became bishop of Vittorio Veneto. Son of a poor land characterized by emigration, but also very lively from a social point of view, and of a Church characterized by figures of great priests, Luciani participates in the Second Vatican Council. He is a pastor close to his people. In the years in which the lawfulness of the contraceptive pill is being discussed, he has repeatedly expressed himself in favor of an openness by the Church on its use, having listened to many young families. After the release of the encyclical “Humanae vitae”, with which Pope Saint Paul VI in 1968 declared the pill morally illicit, the Bishop of Vittorio Veneto will promote the document, adhering to the magisterium of the Pontiff.
Paul VI at the end of 1969 appointed him Patriarch of Venice and in March 1973 created him a Cardinal. Luciani, who chose the word “humilitas” for his episcopal coat of arms, is a pastor who lives soberly, close to the poor and the workers. He is uncompromising when it comes to the unscrupulous use of money against people, “as his firmness demonstrates on the occasion of an economic scandal in Vittorio Veneto involving one of his priests,” Vatican News recalls. After the death of Paul VI, on August 26, 1978 he was elected in a conclave that lasted only one day. He died suddenly on the night of September 28, 1978; he is found lifeless by the nun who brought him coffee to his room every morning.
The miracle that will lead him to beatification concerns the healing “on July 23, 2011 in Buenos Aires”, explains Vatican News, “of an eleven-year-old girl suffering, according to the dicastery, from” severe acute inflammatory encephalopathy, a refractory malignant state of epileptic disease, septic shock “and now dying: the clinical picture was very serious, characterized by numerous daily epileptic seizures and a septic state of bronchopneumonia”. The initiative to “invoke Pope Luciani was taken by the parish priest of the parish to which the hospital belonged, to which he was very devoted”.
The postulator of the cause of beatification of John Paul I, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy and a native of the diocese of Vittorio Veneto, speaks of the miracle that took place ten years ago which will allow the Pope to be beatified “short”: “C ‘she was then a child – the postulator tells the Vatican media – today a girl of almost twenty, who was healed in extraordinary circumstances from very serious neurological problems, in practically desperate conditions ». Even today «I saw some videos that portray her walking, talking, and you can see a girl of almost twenty who is doing well. We owe it to the faith of those who prayed around this person when he was sick. It is an event that certainly has extraordinary characteristics, because we got busy on a medical level, but above all there was a night, a long moment of prayer, of intercession, which is what ultimately qualifies an event of this. type”.
The vice-postulator Stefania Falasca, journalist and writer, points out to Vatican News “the great simplicity, an inalienable characteristic of Luciani’s pastoral attitude, when we want to talk about his virtues. Because this simplicity, with which he also exercised virtues in an exceptional way, is a distinctive trait of John Paul I. Speaking with simplicity, with humility, determined by the fact that the truth must be respected, because it must be understood by everyone. These are the reasons for his simple speaking: to get the message of salvation to reach everyone ». With this language “Luciani broke the boundary between believers and non-believers, between learned and simple people”.