It is not wrong to want to live better;

what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed

to be better when it is directed towards ‘having’

rather than ‘being,’

and which wants to have more,

not in order to be more

but in order to spend life in enjoyment

as an end in itself.

Pope John Paul I


God's Candidate The Life and Times of John Paul I
Paul Spackman
[Paper Back]

Today the papacy remains one of the most influential, and also the most controversial,...

Illustrissimi: Letters of Pope John Paul I
Pope John Paul I
[Paper Back] 1/1/1976

For 33 days in 1978 the infectious smile of John Paul I lit up the world. Illustrissimi is a...

The September Pope: The Final days of John Paul I
Stefania Falasca
[Paper Back] 11/1/2021

The sudden and unexpected death of John Paul I in the papal apartments on the evening of ...

Light of the World The Pope Church Signs of Times
Pope Benedict XVI & Peter Seewald
[Hard Paper] 1/1/2010

Popes do not usually grant book-length interviews to journalists. And never before has a pope...

Good Pope John and His Council
Castle Tony
[Paper Back]

Here is an engaging biographical sketch of the elderly church diplomat and dedicated pastor who...

Happy to be Holy? A guide to Pope Francis' message Gaudete et Exsultate
Hilliard, Alan
[Paper Back] 7/2/2018

How can we know what it is to be holy? What difference can holiness make in our lives? Far from...

Gaudete et Exsultate
Pope Francis
[Paper Back] 4/10/2018

In his third apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis re-proposes the call to holiness in a practical...

Wind from Heaven: John Paul II-The Poet Who Became Pope
Jablonska, Monika
[Paper Back] 10/1/2017

Wind from Heaven is the story of the future pope Karol Wojtyla as poet and playwright, as true...

Pope Francis in His Own Words
Pope Francis
[Paper Back] 3/4/2018

A wide-ranging collection of quotes from the new Pope's writings and speeches, revealing his...

Paul VI
Symondson, Anthony
[Paper Back] 1/1/2014

During Pope Paul's papacy (1963-1978) more changes were introduced in the Catholic Church ...

Wisdom From Pope Paul VI
Paul VI, Pope
[Paper Back] 9/15/2018

On the occasion of Pope Paul VI’s canonization, this pocket-size book of meditations...


Pope John Paul I was born Albino Luciani in 17 October 1912 in the province of Veneto region in Italy.

He became the Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City on 26 August 1978 and died 33 days later.

His reign is the shortest in papal history.

He was declared a Servant of God by John Paul II on 23 November 2003. Pope Francis named him Venerable on 8 November 2017 and is scheduled to preside over the beatification process on 4 September 2022.




In his short time, John Paul I had endeared himself to the world for his gentle charm, his humility, and his simple and practical approach to the awesome responsibility of being the Vicar of Christ on earth. His election had raised the hopes of millions - he was a man of such radiant friendliness and obvious humanity that the atmosphere of vitality and hope that he brought to the Vatican had set the world aglow. By Popluar acclaim he quickly became known as 'the smiling Pope'.





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