My readers are fully aware of my affection and devotion to this holy Pope for whom I served at his Mass of Installation back in 1978. The cause for his canonization is advancing in the Vatican, and the centenary of his birth will occur in the next couple of months.
August 26, 1978 is a day that is etched in my memory. I have posted on it extensively (see posts under Papa Luciani) and will not repeat it here, only to recall once again the intense excitement we all had that day as we waited in the Piazza San Pietro, saw the smoke billow out of the Sistine Chapel, first grey in color then turning white, the uncertainty, then the loggia doors opening and the announcement of Papa Luciani. His voice was so frail in tone, his movement fragile almost, his smile unmistakable.
I would ask all of us to pray for the intercession of Pope John Paul I for ourselves, our families and our Church.
Papa Luciani, pray for us!