On 28 September 1978, Pope John Paul I died. He had been pope for just 33 days, the shortest papacy ever. Conspiracy theories still abound about his sudden death.

RTÉ Archives looks back to 26 August 1978, the day Cardinal Albino Luciani was elected the head of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope John Paul I.

Kevin O'Kelly reports live for RTÉ Radio News from St Peter's Square in Rome, where crowds are waiting for the pope to come out on the balcony and give his first blessing.

The accompanying image is a vew of the Roman skyline, taken from the roof of St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome in 1971 by Eddie McEvoy.