New Foundation to Focus on Life of Pope John Paul I
The world knows just about everything of Pope John Paul II – now SAINT Pope John Paul II, from the moment of his birth to the moment he drew his last breath. But we know very little of his predecessor, whose name he was inspired to assume, except the conspiracy theories that surrounded his death.
A new Vatican Foundation has been created by Pope Francis to study the life of Pope John Paul I that will reveal to the world much of why his successor took his name to carry it forward so the person that bore it for only 33 days, (August 26, 1978 – September 28, 1978), would never be forgotten.
To head up the foundation as its President, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has been appointed by Pope Francis “to study further the person, thought and teachings of his venerable Predecessor”. (Rescriptum ex audientia Ss.mi of February 17, 2020)
It is worth noting that the second in command, who will act as Vice President of the new foundation, Dr. Stefania Falasca, wrote a book, Papa Luciani: Cronaca di una morte (Pope Luciani: Chronicle of a Death), published in 2017, that dismisses the conspiracy theories that surrounded the death of the 263rd successor to Saint Peter, providing evidence that he died of a heart attack.
A key bit of information about Dr. Falasca is that she is also the Vatican appointed vice postulator of the cause of beatification of John Paul I.
Pope Francis has again given the Church a great gift. It will be exciting to see in the coming months the revelations that the new foundation will bring forward about the ‘Smiling Pope’, Albino Luciani, now that the focus will be on his life and not just the manner of his death.