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noun
Albino Luciani, 1912–78, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1978.
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John Paul I

noun
original name Albino Luciani. 1912–78, pope (1978) whose brief 33-day reign was characterized by a simpler papal style and anticipated an emphasis on pastoral rather than administrative priorities
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