To celebrate the centennial of Albino Luciani’s birth (October 17, 1912), relatives and admirers from Europe and the United States gathered for a two-day conference in New York City to pay tribute to the late pope in 2012. 

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Following an interview with Rick Snizek (left), editor of The Rhode Island Catholic, prior to departing for the conference. At right is Italian Luciani biographer, Loris Serafini, curator of the Papa Luciani Foundation in the Pope’s hometown, Canale d’Agordo. I’m the guy in the middle!


I was honored to join the following distinguished speakers at the conference:


Dr. Lori Pieper, conference organizer, translator of Luciani’s works,  A Passionate Adventure, and founder of The Pope John Paul I Association based in New York City.

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Pia Luciani, the Pope’s niece, and her daughter Morena, a physician in Spain.


Paul Spackman of Wales, author of God’s Candidate: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul I.


Loris Serafini, author of Il Papa del Sorriso (The Smiling Pope).


Luciani Conference Participants

Some of the featured speakers; Loris Serafini (far left), Pia Luciani (fourth from left), Dr. Lori Pieper (fourth from right), Mo Guernon (second from right), and Paul Spackman (far right).



Mo Guernon, Ed.M. / Biographer