See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Monday, September 25, 2006

The blessed Pope, John Paul I


I read with joy that the Holy Father's cause is progressing well. He was like a shooting star, having reigned for only a month. He humbly combined his predecessor's names to become the first pope in history with a double name. By this act he demonstrated to the world and the Church that the Vatican Council was indeed an authentic council and the papacy would continue the reforms initiated there. John Paul II proved likewise.

Such a short reign, marked by extraordinary humility and charity - you see this in his face. Pray for us John Paul I as we prepare for the anniversary of your death, pray for unity within the Church. (JPI's anniversary of death is September 28 - he died in 1978.)

Here is the article:

"Rome, Sep. 25 (CWNews.com) - The diocesan investigation into the cause for beatification of Pope John Paul I is nearing its conclusion, 28 years after the death of "the smiling Pope."

Thursday, September 28 will mark the anniversary of the sudden death of Pope John Paul I, who had succeeded Pope Paul VI just 33 days earlier. According to an official responsible for the cause, the diocesan inquiry will come to an end within a few more weeks.

Ordinarily, the local investigation of a cause for beatification begins in the diocese where the candidate died. But in this case, for a variety of reasons-- including the fact that Pope John Paul I had spent so little time as Bishop of Rome-- the inquiry was begun in the Belluno diocese, where Albino Luciani was born in 1912. According to Msgr. Giorgio Lise, a vice-postulator for the cause, the diocesan inquiry is likely to conclude by the feast of St. Martin, the patron of the Belluno diocese, on November 11." [snip] continued

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this, Terry-

    Why has it taken so long for the cause to be determined? Wasn't it a sudden illness?

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  2. Hi R:
    I think it is a 5 year waiting period before a cause may go forward, and the the investigation into the life takes time. His is pretty fast for a pope.
    I also think he had poor health and I believe it was his heart that gave out and may have caused his death.

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  3. We haven't had a Pope canonized since Pius X (1903-1914). Before him, the last one was Pope Pius V (1566-1572).

    Now all of a sudden, we have five in a row lined up: Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, JPI and JPII. And I don't see that the string will be broken immediately.

    Of course, the personal spirituality of these great men doesn't necessarily relate to how the Church fared under their stewardship.

    But all in all, from 1939 to 2005, I don't know that it can be said that these were great years for the Church (other than the defeat of Soviet Communism which has left the Church bruised and bleeding).

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  4. We haven't had a Pope canonized since Pius X (1903-1914). Before him, the last one was Pope Pius V (1566-1572).

    Now all of a sudden, we have five in a row lined up: Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, JPI and JPII. And I don't see that the string will be broken immediately.

    Of course, the personal spirituality of these great men doesn't necessarily relate to how the Church fared under their stewardship.

    But all in all, from 1939 to 2005, I don't know that it can be said that these were great years for the Church (other than the defeat of Soviet Communism which has left the Church bruised and bleeding).

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