Vincenza Taffarel discovered John Paul in his bed on the morning of September 28, dead from a heart attack. A 33-day papacy was soon to give way to a near 27-year one.“Progress in love” was the final phrase from John Paul I at the Wednesday September 27, 1978 General Audience. But in just a short time Pope John Paul II, the man “from a far away country,” made it seem like he had always been the Bishop of Rome.A new book, , was released this week intended to coincide with the cause for John Paul I’s sainthood moving forward.But how much do we know about this mysterious spiritual figure whose heart attack only a month into his papacy stunned the world?A gigantic sea monster, spawn of nuclear radiation, dismantles a landmark bridge.Two strangers meet on a bridge and begin a lifelong romance.Even in his first encyclical , published six months after John Paul I’s death, he was already looking forward to shepherding the Church into the year 2000. Today, when anyone thinks of John Paul I, typically they talk of conspiracy and scandal.
With a bit of pre-date prep following our top tips you can ensure to be relaxed and enjoy the moment.There are also those who believe John Paul I was the “bishop dressed in white” from the Fatima apparitions, intensified after Luciani met with the sole Fatima survivor, Sr. Albino Luciani’s own account of the meeting is not on apparitions and prophecies, but on tangible truths we can all learn from what happened in Portugal in 1917: repentance, the need for prayer and the rosary, the existence of Hell. “If he were elected pope, I think he would make a good one,” Sr. The obsessive theories on conspiracy and prophecy detract from John Paul I’s rich, personalized teachings on the faith that we can read today in new light, especially in the context of the style of Francis.by Raymond and Lauretta Seabeck contains not only Luciani’s papal addresses such as the General Audiences, but also homilies, speeches and letters from his years as a bishop.Thomas Aquinas, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin and at least four others in expounding on the essence of Christian joy. Chesterton, and Petrarch are a few of the names to whom Luciani writes. Therese of Lisieux, which is entitled “Joy, Exquisite Love,” again Luciani picks up on the theme of joy.Most unique, perhaps, are the letters Cardinal Luciani wrote to famous historical people for a monthly magazine column. “Joy can become exquisite charity, if we communicate it to others, just as you did at Carmel,” he wrote.