What is a “miracle”? This is how the Catholic Church decides
Pope John Paul I, who was pope for about a month before his death, moved one step closer to holiness. AP Photo / Claudio LuffoliAlbino Luciano, better known to the world as Pope John Paul I, only reigned as Pope 34 days before his death in September 1978. But he would soon join the ranks of the 20th century popes. century that the Catholic Church canonized. This literally means that they were entered on the “canon” or the list of persons officially declared to be in heaven and received the title.