PONTIFICATE OF BENEDICT XVI - 8th YEAR - 2012 SILVER COMMEMORATIVE COIN - 5 EURO THE CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF POPE JOHN PAUL I

PONTIFICATE OF BENEDICT XVI - 8th YEAR - 2012 SILVER COMMEMORATIVE COIN - 5 EURO THE CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF POPE JOHN PAUL I  

Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani Forno di Canale - Belluno, 17 October 1912) was born in a family of humble origins. This year marks the centenary of his birth. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office would like to pay homage to the "smiling Pope" with a postage stamp issue showing him with that famous expression. He had an early vocation and entered the seminary of Feltre in 1928. He was ordained a priest on 7 July 1935 and on 15 December 1958, after experiences in teaching as vice rector of the Gregorian Seminary of Belluno and as a canon of the Cathedral, he was appointed bishop of Vittorio Veneto. During these years he became convinced of the need for catechesis for all people as part of the pastoral mission, a recommendation he made frequently by urging the clergy to preach throughout the diocese. He actively participated in the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, an experience which brought him into the public eye of the Catholic Church. He was Patriarch of Venice during the difficult years marked by protests, and on 5 March 1973, he was made a cardinal by Paul VI. He left Venice for the last time to participate in the conclave and on the second day of voting he was elected Pope on 26 August 1978. In only thirty-three days he touched the hearts of all. People remember him with great love and affection and will never forget him. On occasion of the Centenary of his birth we pay homage to the "smiling Pope" with a commemorative coin issue, created by the artist Daniela Fusco.