The tomb of Pope John Paul I in the Crypt of St Peter`s Basilica in the Vatican
The last time I was in Rome was shortly before the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II
I visited the Vatican crypt where many of the tombs of the Popes are
At that time the tomb for Papa Luciani seemed rather forlorn - a bit out on a limb. For some reason it was rather sad that the Pope who only reigned for little more than a month had seemed to be forgotten.
Outshone by the supernova that was Blessed John Paul II
Therefore it is good to report that the process of canonisation for John Paul I is proceeding apace athough rather more slowly than for Blessed John Paul II
Lori Piper from New York has a very strong devotion to the cause of The Smiling Pope and in her blog On Pilgrimage reports that the Positio on John Paul I’s cause for beatification will soon be turned in to the Holy See.
It will go in on the centenary of the birth of Papa Luciani
Miss Pieper`s blog is an excellent source of information in English on the life and works of the Pope as well as comment. She provides translations into English from many Italian sources. In Italy it would appear that devotion to the late Pope is far stronger than in Englsih speaking countries. Hence the importance of her translations, especially of the book The Smiling Pope: The Life and Teaching of John Paul I