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Centenary of Pope John Paul I’s birth recalled

November 09, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has cosponsored a conference marking the centenary of the birth of Pope John Paul I, who reigned for 33 days in 1978.

“Detachment from the world, obedience to superiors, absolute faithfulness to the institution: these three conditions were the beacon of his life until his papacy,” stated the newspaper, which also noted his “great intellectual curiosity and endless interest in reading”:

[he] constantly added quotes and references from articles, homilies, literary memories. Aesop, La Fontaine, the Brothers Grimm, Mark Twain (his favorite), Charles Dickens, Paul Bourget and Alphonse Daudet, Bernanos and Claudel, Chesterton, Anatole France, Papini, Soloviev, Trilussa, Bernardino da Siena, Piero Bargellini and Pierre l’Ermite


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