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John Paul I Takes Office as Pope

Pope John Paul I

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John Paul I takes office as pope. Unlike his predecessors there is no coronation with a papal crown; instead he chooses an "investiture" to begin his papacy.

He will only live another 33 days, making his one of the shortest pontificates in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the first pope to be born in the 20th century as well as the last pope to die in it.

Pope John Paul I is the first pope in 1,000 years to use a new name not used before; he is the first pope ever to choose a double name. He will later explain that he does this to honor his two immediate predecessors. John XXIII named him a bishop and Paul VI named him Patriarch of Venice as well as a cardinal.

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The Papal Inauguration Mass of Pope John Paul I

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