Unpublished personal notes posted

It is a rare document that is published these days in Italy. The May 13 editions of the Vatican publish a set of texts and documents from the pontificate of John Paul I, the pope for a period of thirty-three days. Because in addition to the solemn sermons, now known, of the former Patriarch of Venice who became Pope on August 26, 1978, the thick book of 470 pages provides readers with the diaries of the Bishop of Rome, as well as all the notes. He took each day until his unexpected death on September 28, 1978. All these writings will be at the center of a symposium to be organized in Rome on May 13.

→ facts. John Paul I will be beatified on September 4, 2022

First, the authors of the book – which is currently only published in Italian – including Vice President of the John Paul I Institute and journalist Stefania Valasca, chose to publish all the sermons the Pope gave, along with their official version as announced a few months later by the Vatican. The differences between the two versions, official and “real”, are far from anecdotal because they reflect the Pope’s very personal choices, adopting a style he will not have time to publish.

Abandon “we” Your Majesty

“The first thing I did when I was elected pope – I had a little time – was to take the yearbook in my hand, to study a little … the organizations of the Holy See, being so ignorant and far from knowing the gears of the Holy See. Please help me”, He said during his first meeting at the College of Cardinals on August 30, a few hours after he was elected. “I pity the poor new pope, who really did not expect to find himself in this place,” continued. The clip simply and completely disappeared from the official transcription.

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Another sign of Albino Luciani’s style: giving up ” we “ of the majesty hitherto used by the popes…but it has been systematically corrected by the Curia in the official version of the texts. “I am delighted to welcome already in the first week of my Pontificate a qualified and diverse representation from the world of social contacts,” He told reporters on September 1. The words are written as follows: ” we are happy “ And “our pontificate”.

The Pope’s concern for the state of the world

Through the 42 documents delivered here, we go through the very brief papacy, which was ultimately just a series of “firsts,” from traditional weekly audiences to first appointment speeches, including one on the 1978 Camp David meeting – with American Presidents Carter and Egyptian Sadat And Israeli Prime Minister Begin – Nikodim, Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod, dies in Russia. There we will also read the letter of appointment of the papal legate at the conclusion of the Marian Conference of Guayaquil in Ecuador in the person of … Joseph Ratzinger.

→ Re-reading. Pope Francis establishes the John Paul I Foundation

But in addition to his letters and letters, of which official copies were already known, the Vatican Library today publishes more personal items, allowing us, as far as possible, to dwell on the way in which John Paul I was reflected and his work.

In a diary that actually served him as a notebook used to equip his audience, we discover Baba anxious about the state of the world, eager to prepare sermons that blend elements of current affairs, theology, and spirituality.

An important testimony about the way the Pope works

In little blue or black writing, very happily transcribed, and accompanied by an imposing apparatus of notes to be saluted for its accuracy and erudition here, John Paul I notes, crossing out, adding, clarifying, and vigorously correcting arrows, brackets, underlined words, and outlines…

The Pope is so happy (members of) top of prayer (nt) With many others for the good success of the summit, ” We read. “Carter, Exten (Christian) E reads. (gospel) »Written on September 10, 1978 with the opening of the Camp David Summit.

The reproduction of the notebook used for transcribing his appointments or for drawing up his program of work also constitutes an important testimony to the Pope’s modus operandi. Here we see the Pope questioning the implementation of the council, with many references to John XXIII, and making lists of topics to be discussed.

Questions also appear, such as these few words, that testify to the preparation for the meeting with the mayor of Rome, Giulio Carlo Argan: “I quote myself?” Or in preparation for a meeting with the leaders of the Jesuits and their superior general, Father Pedro Arrubi: “P. Arrupe = Prepare for October 1st.” But the hearing will never take place: Jean-Paul will be found dead on September 29, at 5:20 am.



From Venice to Rome

October 17, 1912. Born in Canal d’Agordo (Veneto)

July 7, 1935. ordained priest

December 15, 1969. Paul VI appointed him Patriarch of Venice. The cardinal will be created in 1973.

August 26, 1978. elected pope

September 28, 1978. Death in the Vatican

September 4, 2022. Beatification

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