Shelves: literature , ministerial When Albino Luciani was Patriarch of Venice, he wrote a series of "open letters" to famous figures and authors from history, published in the monthly magazine, "The Messenger of St. In , of course, in one of the shortest conclaves in Church history, Cardinal Luciani was elected Pope and took the name John Paul, in honor of his two most recent predecessors. Just 33 days later, When Albino Luciani was Patriarch of Venice, he wrote a series of "open letters" to famous figures and authors from history, published in the monthly magazine, "The Messenger of St. Just 33 days later, tragically, he died in his sleep, leaving millions to wonder what sort of Pope he might have been. Something of the answer can be discerned in these writings -- imaginative, often charming, frequently witty, occasionally scolding and moralistic, but always, it seemed to me as I read, focused on the love of God for humankind.

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After he became pope he had set six plans down which would dictate his pontificate: To renew the church through the policies implemented by Vatican II. To revise canon law. To remind the church of its duty to preach the Gospel.

To promote church unity without watering down doctrine. To promote dialogue. To encourage world peace and social justice. He initially refused to use the sedia gestatoria until others convinced him of its need in order to allow himself to be seen by crowds.

He was the last pope to use it. Instead of a coronation, he inaugurated his papacy with a " papal inauguration " where he received the papal pallium as the symbol of his position as Bishop of Rome.

It is debated whether John Paul I was liberal, conservative, or a moderate in matters of church doctrine, thus it is difficult to assess his views. Contraception[ edit ] Luciani had mixed feelings in regard to the traditional stance on contraception.

In , as Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, he submitted a report to his predecessor as the Patriarch of Venice, Giovanni Urbani , that argued that the contraceptive pill should be permitted. But he seemed to contradict that defence in a letter he wrote to his diocese four days after the release of the encyclical. He refused to speak at the event or even attend it. It was his view that, "from every side the press is sending its congratulations to the English couple and best wishes to their baby girl.

In imitation of God, who desires and loves human life, I too offer my best wishes to the baby girl. As for her parents, I do not have any right to condemn them; subjectively, if they have acted with the right intention and in good faith, they may even obtain great merit before God for what they have decided on and asked the doctors to carry out. I do not find any valid reasons to deviate from this norm, by declaring licit the separation of the transmission of life from the marriage act.

To remedy that, some propose a divorce, which, conversely, would aggravate this. Once the legitimate family is protected and made a place of honor, you will not be able to recognize with all appropriate precautions some civil effect to de facto unions. I can say to you: Christ bestowed the pastoral ministry on men alone, on his apostles.

Did he mean this to be valid only for a short time, almost as though he made allowances for the prejudice about the inferiority of women prevalent in his time? Or did he intend it to be valid always? Let it be very clear: Christ never accepted the prejudice about the inferiority of women: they are always admirable figures in the Gospels, more so than the apostles themselves.

The priesthood, however, is a service given by means of spiritual powers and not a form of superiority. Through the will of Christ, women—in my judgment—carry out a different, complementary, and precious service in the church, but they are not "possible priests" That does not do wrong to women.

As Patriarch of Venice, he struggled at times with Marxist students who were demanding changes in Venetian policies. He also forbade those factions that were Marxist threatening the faith. In November he explained the declaration of Dignitatis humanae : "There are 4, Muslims in Rome: they have the right to build a mosque. There is nothing to say: you have to let them do it". He believed that sainthood was something that all Catholics could achieve if they led a life of service to God.

Luciani said that there were no barriers to sainthood and discussed this theme of the council in a homily on 6 January "We are called by God to be true saints". Luciani stressed the importance of this and said God invites Catholics and obligates them to sainthood.

He also said that by professing love for God, Catholics say: "my God I want to be holy, I will strive to be holy". The pope concluded that "the Church too must be good; good to everyone" in its own outreach to the faithful.

The pope elaborated that it was important to "try to be good and to infect others with a goodness imbued with the meekness and love taught by Christ", while seeking to give our all in service to others. John Paul I continued that it may be "difficult to love others; we do not find them likeable, they have offended us and hurt us", though says that forgiveness between brothers and sisters is very important for unity and peace among people.

Additionally, the pope referred to the seven corporal and spiritual acts of mercy, which he said acted as a guide for Christians, though highlighting the fact that "the list is not complete and it would be necessary to update it" as times change since global situations change. The pope concluded that justice adds to charity, which is linked to the theme of mercy.

He stated that he was more of a radical figure as opposed to other saints who taught about the universal call to holiness. He denounced a fundamental ignorance of the "basic elements of the faith"—it was this point that he wished to focus on as opposed to secularism throughout the world.

In terms of global interpretation of the council, Luciani wrote: "The physiognomy and structure of the Catholic Church have been determined once and for all by the Lord and cannot be touched.

If anything, superstructures can. Things that have not been determined by Christ, but were introduced by popes or councils or the faithful, can be changed, or eliminated today or tomorrow. Yesterday they might have introduced a certain number of dioceses, a certain way to lead missions, to educate priests, they might have chosen to follow certain cultural trends.

Well, this can be changed and one can say "the Church that comes out of the Council is still the same as it was yesterday, but renewed". No one can ever say "We have a new Church, different from what it was". In his writings, he said that there is only one true religion that must be followed and no other, affirming that Jesus Christ is the Truth, and that the truth will set one truly free.

Though, he said that those that will not accept the one true Catholic Faith, for whatever reason, are indeed free to profess their own religion for various reasons.

He makes a clear understanding of true and false liberty. He says that true freedom comes from God, that God makes man free. However, he does continue in repeating the teaching that error does not come from God, and although we are capable or err and sin, and that one who rejects truth cannot be forced to believe it, it is not a God given right to do error.

He continues to say that religious freedom must be freely exercised by the individual. So he makes clear that for the purposes of keeping peace and order in a diverse society and accepting the free will of man, the freedom of an individual to profess their religion, within certain bounds, is indeed necessary. The pope was said to have thanked him for the invitation but did not provide a response. The week before this, the pope said he was unable to accept an invitation to the Latin American Episcopal Conference in Puebla , Mexico for October due to his schedule.

His book Illustrissimi , written while he was a cardinal, is a series of letters to a wide collection of historical and fictional persons.

In the words of John Cornwell , "they treated him with condescension"; one senior cleric discussing Luciani said "they have elected Peter Sellers. His personal impact, however, was twofold: his image as a warm, gentle and kind man captivated the whole world.

This image was immediately formed when he was presented to the crowd in St. The warmth of his presence made him a much-loved figure before he even spoke a word.

The media in particular fell under his spell. He was a very skilled orator. According to his aides, he was not the naive idealist his critics made him out to be. Cardinal Giuseppe Caprio , the substitute Papal Secretary of State, said that John Paul I quickly accepted his new role and performed it with confidence. He refused to have the millennium-old traditional papal coronation or wear the papal tiara. In his notable Angelus of 27 August delivered on the first full day of his papacy , he impressed the world with his natural friendliness.

He had probably suffered a heart attack the night before. In his eulogy of the late pope, he described him as a flashing comet who briefly lit up the church. He then was laid to rest in the Vatican grottoes. It was said that around 10 p. One boy was killed while another was seriously wounded.

The pope lamented to John Magee, "Even the young are killing each other. Parolin further says that the sudden death of the pope inspired "myriad theories, suspicions, [and] suppositions" based on opinion rather than fact. Why not? The reading light over the headboard was still on, with his two pillows under his back propping him up, with his legs outstretched and his arms on top of the bedsheets.

Luciani was still in his pajamas with a few typewritten sheets in his hands. His head was slightly turned to the right and his eyes were partially closed; his glasses rested on his nose.

He rejected all suggestions for calling Doctor Renato Buzzonetti. On 26 August , Bishop Vincenzo Savio announced the start of the preliminary phase to collect documents and testimonies necessary to start the process of canonisation.

On 8 June the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave its assent to the work and on 17 June transferred the forum for the beatification process from Rome to Belluno-Feltre while also declaring the late pope as a Servant of God after declaring " nihil obstat " no objections to the cause.

On 13 June , the Vatican began the "Roman" phase of the beatification process for John Paul I, in which they would assess the documents and witness testimonies collected during the diocesan inquiry. In a mass at Belluno on 20 July , Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced that the cause of beatification was set to advance. The cardinal highlighted that the Positio would be delivered in September The testimony of a Pope or former Pope in considering a candidate for sainthood is extremely unusual.

This meeting took place on 1 June in which theologians unanimously approved the fact that the late pope exercised virtues to a heroic degree. For canonisation there must be a second miracle, though the reigning pope may waive these requirements altogether, as is often done in the case of beatified popes. An official investigation into the alleged miracle commenced on 14 May and concluded on 30 May with the C. The supposed miracle attributed to his intercession was taken to a medical board in Rome on 24 April and the commission came to the conclusion that it was not a miracle that could be attributed to Luciani.

This means that another miracle will need to be found before the cause can continue. Stefania Falasca is the current vice-postulator. Legacy[ edit ] Pope John Paul I was the first pope to abandon coronation , and he was also the first pope to choose a double name John Paul for his papal name.

He was the first pope to have a Papal Inauguration and the last pope to use the Sedia Gestatoria. He was the first Pope born in the 20th century, and the last Pope to die in the 20th century. Views of successors[ edit ].



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