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ID card for Pope John Paul I sold on Ebay

Catholic World News - June 22, 2011

An identity card issued by the Venice city council to Cardinal Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I, has been sold on Ebay for €5,200 (almost $7,500).

The identity card, which lists the bearer's job as "Patriarch," had been thought lost, but was sold on Ebay by a priest of the Venice archdiocese who said that the proceeds would be given to charity.

Unfortunately the tabloid Daily Mail, rather than presenting the sale as a simple human-interest story, uses it as the pretext for dredging up--and presenting as fact--a series of sensational rumors about the death of Pope John Paul I, who succumbed to a heart attack just 33 days after his papal election in 1978.

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