Albino Luciani, was elected to the Apostolic See on the 26 August 1978 taking the name of JohnPaul I. He was born on the 17 October 1912 at Forno di Canale, today Canale d'Agordo (Belluno), to Giovanni Luciani and Bortola Tancon. The eldest of four children he was baptised on the day of his birth. Having received from his mother the first teachings in the Christian doctrine, on the 26 September 1919 he was confirmed by Bishop Giosue Cattarossi at the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista. Successively his parish priest Don Filippo Carli played a fundamental role in his early cultural and religious formation. It was he who in the summer of 1923 privately prepared Albino (who'd just finished his fourth year at elementary school) for the Minor Seminary at Feltre. The choice of this vocation, matured at an early age under the guidance of his mentor Don Carli, is to be set into a significant and vibrant context both at a cultural and ecclesial dimension. In fact the ancient Pieve di Canale d'Agordo in the Biois Valley with its extensive library, was located, until the First World War at a geographical crossroads and consequently open to enriching cultural exchanges. So lent itself down the centuries as a place of reference for the surrounding population. Since the end of the nineteenth century, the local clergy had contributed in a diligent, enlightened and creative way to the promotion of literacy, unusual at that time in Italy. Added to this it encouraged forms of corporatism that marked a first at a national level as exemplified by Don Antonio della Lucia, a pioneer of social corporatism at Canale d'Agordo. In fact despite the troubled times the towns of the valley developed a significant cultural and ecclesial vitality promoted and sustained mainly by its parish priests. A reality certainly highlighted by the fact that at the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council - a unique case worldwide - this little mountain parish counted well three of its sons among the Council Fathers.
On the 17 October 1923 Albino Luciani began his studies at the Minor Seminary of Feltre. Five years on, in 1928, he entered the Gregorian Seminary of Belluno to study philosophy and theology. On the 10 February 1935, having completed his theological formation in which he had distinguished himself for moral qualities, intellectual capacity and high academic achievement, he was ordained a deacon. On the 7 July of that same year he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Cattarossi in the church of 'San Pietro Apostolo', Belluno, having previously received the dispensation super defectum aetatis since he had not yet reached the canonical age to become a priest. On the 8 July 1935, the day after celebrating his first mass in his hometown, he was appointed cooperator vicar of Canale d'Agordo, then coadjutor to Monsignor Luigi Cappello at Agordo. However his service at the parish did not last long.