1978 is known to history as the year of three Popes – Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II. Listen to testimonies from some of those who were there…

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Pope John Paul II on the balcony as he is introduced for the first time…


John Paul I (the first Pope to bear two names) succeeded Pope Paul VI, who had reigned for 15 tumultuous years during and after the 2nd Vatican Council, called by Pope John XXIII.

John Paul I – the “smiling Pope” – died on Sept. 28, 1978, 33 days after his election to the papacy making his the shortest pontificate since Leo XIs in the April of 1605.

He was succeded by John Paul II who went on to serve one of the longest reigns in Papal history.