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His two immediate successors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, later recalled the warm qualities of the late pontiff in several addresses. He was baptised on the day he was born by the midwife because he was considered to be in danger of death, and the solemn rites of baptism were formalised in the parish church two days later.
At the same time, he was opposed to the 1974 referendum restricting divorce after it had been liberalised, feeling that such a move would fail and simply point out a divided Church with declining influence. Later that year (6–21 November), he visited Brazil where he met with members of the clergy, including Cardinal Aloísio Lorscheider.From that moment he decided that he wanted to become a priest and went to his father to ask for his permission.His father agreed and said to him: "I hope that when you become a priest you will be on the side of the workers, for Christ Himself would have been on their side".His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent year of three popes, the first to occur since 1605.John Paul I remains the most recent Italian-born pope, the last in a succession of such popes that started with Clement VII in 1523.