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John Paul I and the "unique treasure of faith".

With the beatification of Pope Albino Luciani on the horizon, the John Paul I Vatican Foundation aims to promote the thought, the figure, the teachings and the study of the writings of the pontiff from Belluno.

Giovanni Tridente-May 11, 2022-Reading time: 2 minutes
John Paul I beatification

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With John Paul I the Lord wanted to show us "that the only treasure is faith", "that predilection for the poor" is an infallible part of the apostolic faith, that peace is at the heart of the Church, as are justice, fraternity, solidarity and hope. Pope Francis writes this in the preface to a recent book published in Italy on "The Magisterium. Texts and Documents of the Pontificate" of Pope Albino Luciani, who was at the head of the Church for only 34 days, from August 26 to September 28, 1978.

Days in which, reading his notes, his reflections and going through the texts of his homilies, speeches, letters, Wednesday catecheses (Audiences) and Angelus, his "prophetic gaze on the wounds and evils of the world" and that the most urgent thing was "simply to walk in the faith of the Apostles", which he had received in the humble family of workers and migrants.

The publication has been realized by the John Paul I Vatican Foundation, established on April 28, 2020 precisely to promote the thought, figure, teachings and study of the writings of the pontiff, formerly Patriarch of Venice, now Venerable Servant of God. The Foundation will be chaired by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, and vice-chaired by journalist Stefania Falasca, who has also edited the Positio, as well as various publications on the pontiff from Belluno.

Beatification on September 4

Last December the date of the beatification was announced, set for next Sunday, September 4, in St. Peter's Square in the presence of Pope Francis. He is the sixth of the 20th century popes for whom the cause of beatification and canonization has been introduced (after Pius X, Pius XII, Paul VI, John XXIII and John Paul II). Albino Luciani's cause was opened in November 2003 in his native diocese (Belluno-Feltre) and concluded in 2017 with the proclamation of heroic virtues.

On October 13, 2021, the decree recognizing the miracle of an extraordinary healing attributed to her intercession arrived.

Conference at the Gregoriana

On the occasion of the beatification, this Friday, May 13, the Foundation that bears his name is organizing a conference in Rome in collaboration with the Department of Dogmatic Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University to present the contents of the book whose preface has been signed by Pope Francis, which contains numerous autograph notes of John Paul I and various papers from his private archives. There will also be a preview of a documentary edited by the Vatican department of RAI.

In addition to the Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the Postulator of the Cause of Canonization, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, and the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Archives, Monsignor Sergio Pagano, will also be present. The Magisterium of John Paul I will be the object of a theological-pastoral reading, but also historical, ecumenical and ecclesial.

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