Pope John Paul I (Latin: Ioannes Paulus I; Italian: Giovanni Paolo I; born Albino Luciani; 17 October 1912 – 28 September 1978) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 26 August 1978 until his death 33 days later. He was the first pope to have been born in the 20th century. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent year of three popes and the first to occur since 1605. John Paul I remains the most recent Italian-born pope, the last in a succession of such popes that started with Clement VII in 1523.
He was declared a Servant of God by his successor, St. John Paul II, on 23 November 2003, the first step on the road to sainthood. Pope Francis confirmed his heroic virtue on 8 November 2017 and named him as Venerable.
Venerable John Paul I, pray for us.
Just an update on our Santo Cristo Chapel reconstruction.
We’ve stripped out the destroyed platform and wallboard out of the space and are moving forward with remediation of the water ingress issues.
As you saw in an earlier posting, we’ve obtained a beautiful new altar to replace the deteriorating wooden structure the image was reposing on.
Still to do: reconstruction of the platform and walls, painting, and ensure that further water damage will not occur. We are actively designing a new and more fitting decor for the floor (marble) and suitable screening and paint scheme to compliment the image of our Lord.
All this takes time, and, of course, funds to accomplish the goal of returning this Chapel to a place of prominence in the Shrine. While we are working forward, we are dependent on your generosity and assistance to be able to complete this renovation. We’re close with what we estimate the final cost will be, but are still asking for your assistance to push us over that goal.
Please consider making a donation to the cause by clicking on the link below and help push that red bar in the thermometer to the top!
Help Save Santo Cristo!
A miracle! A miracle!
“Some will be healed, others no. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins. Let them offend Our Lord no more for He is already much offended,” said Our Lady.
“And is that all you have to ask?”
There is nothing more.
This was the essence of the message of Fatima, with the remedy: devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The most famous miracle of the sun occurred on October 13, 1917, when somewhere between 30,000 to 100,000 people in Fatima, Portugal witnessed the sun dull its brightness, spin, and zig-zag around the sky with radiant colors for about 10 minutes. What made this especially incredible was that it occurred at the exact time and place that a group of children said that the Virgin Mary would perform a miracle so people would believe in her apparitions to them.
Our Lady asked us to pray the Rosary. Enroll in and wear your brown scapular. Consecrate yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Do the 5 First Saturdays. Is it too much to ask?
On this day, October 9, 1958, the Angelic Shepherd, Blessed Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Giovanni Pacelli), died. In many ways, his passing is something of a watershed moment in making a transition to a ”modern’ Catholic Church with the subsequent election of Pope St. John XXIII, the second ecumenical Vatican Council, and all that connotes.
Blessed Pius XII, pray for us.