Pope from 26 Aug. to 28 Sept. 1978. Albino Luciani was ordained Bp. of Vittorio Veneto by John XXIII in 1958; in 1969 Paul VI nominated him Patr. of Venice and in 1973 created him a cardinal. At Venice he acted as host to five ecumenical conferences. His election as Pope was unexpected; it appears that a majority of the cardinals were anxious for a new style of Pope, without curial connections but with pastoral experience. After 33 days he died of a heart attack. Vatican ineptitude allowed the spread of rumours of foul play.