Prayer in order to ask Pope Lucianiís intercession
You that you
have given the great joy to us of venerating
Paul as Your Vicar on the earth,
in Your inscrutable designs have made us suffer the immense pain of his
grant us the
graces that we ask of You, so that, sure
intercession near toYou, we can venerate him on the
day: then his goodness and humility suggested as an example for
be a perennial invitation to translate in the life of his
to disseminate serenity and love.
+ Msgr. Maffeo Ducoli
Bishop of Belluno-Feltre
Request for Beatification of Pope Luciani from the Brazilian Bishops (1990)
The ten " miracles " of Pope Luciani
graces received by Pope John Paul Ií intercession : healings,
conversions, Priesthood vocations, happening whilst he was still alive and after
I am a Franciscan nun of Christ King, born on Aug 27,1923. Currently I am in
Tarzo (TV) in the House of rest " Villa Bianca " in order to make my
convalescence that is, and will still be, long. February 19, 1983 I had
been hit from a mortal cardiac infarct, while I was taking part in the retreat
of the Nuns in the community of S. Donŗ di Piave. Since that day, I was near
death several times, and I was encouraged to pray to some saint. I chose as my
protector Pope Luciani. Why - you may ask me - just him? I met him when he was
Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, he has always struck me, and his figure always
remained in the heart, for his humility and simplicity in dealing with all, for
the joy that he irradiated with his smile. One can feel comfortable whilst
speaking with him. My veneration grew when he was elected Pope and when he was
introduced to the loggia the same evening of the election.
as I heard the news of his unexpected death, I began to pray to him, like itís
possible to pray to a Saint, and I can say that I have always been heard. After
the infarct, my life hung from a thread; I intensified my prayer, sure of his
aid and of his intercession, although I was serenely ready to submit to the Will
of God, if He wanted me at His Home, or if He wanted to leave me here still, in
order to continue doing some good. After a long discourse from some of the
doctors about the gravity and the risk of an operation, to me was left the
responsibility of taking the decision for the heart operation, because there
would be a minimal possibility of success, in affirmative case. I took
advice from my Superiors and relatives: not all them seemed to be favorable.
Then I decided, with serene confidence in the many prayers that were elevated to
God the Father through the intercession of Pope Luciani. October 20, 1983
I entered into the operations room in Padova, carrying with me a little card of
Pope Luciani. The operation, directed by Prof. ValfrŤ with his team, lasted
approximately six hours: I was operated on to open my heart. A good part of the
heart was removed, at least the most sick part (it was said), but it was
executed double by-pass aorta-coronary. After the operation, three days in
the resuscitation room passed, without my knowledge of being in this
remember that the morning of the third day I woke up and a kind nurse gave me
the card of Pope Luciani so I could kiss it and then I did not see it again.
After a while, the chaplain came and he gave me Holy Communion . With great joy
for having Jesus in me, I realized I was still alive: the prayers had been heard,
and I thanked God the Father, the Blessed Virgin, and the beloved Pope
Luciani. At noon they carried me to cardiology,: everyone in my room was happy
for me. But I did not succeed in finding my card of Pope Luciani. I asked my
sister Nun, who assisted me, to go to see where it had gone to . She found the
nurse of the resuscitation room: she was asked and she answered her : " the
image of Pope Luciani we have hung here, because, as it helped your sister,
it is of aid also to others, and with his smile it scatters many blessings
on who invokes him ".
then, I have had several complications, but I have never lost my spirit sure
that if Pope Luciani had not let out me alive from the operating room, I would
not be alive at this moment. I was then carried from the hospital of
Padova to that of Treviso, to be able to recover, according to the advise
of Prof. ValfrŤ. November 9, the nurse of Tarzo came with the car and she
accompanied me to take me to the hospital of Treviso, in the cardiology unit,
where I had many necessary tests, even for a problem inside the stomach,
since it seemed to be an ulcer, but all tests were negative.
November 25, I was also released from this hospital and with great joy I
returned to Tarzo, in Villa Bianca. The nurse who had come to take me,
arriving at the house, exclaimed: " You know, I would never have believed
about taking you back here alive. " " But when I have prayed to Pope
Luciani Ė I answered with much serenity Ė I was sure, and, after having left
the operations room alive, I have not thought of dying, even if I saw a
continuous 'coming and going' of nuns and relatives around me. On June 24, at
Crea de Spinea, where my brother is parish Priest, a thanksgiving Mass was
celebrated; all my relatives were present who had prayed with me and for me and
also friends and numerous persons from the nearby towns. The Eucharist was lived
like a joyful thanks to God that donates to every creature a life in order to do
some good. Now I know that with this heart, repaired, but that he has started
again its activity, I can live, even if I am not fully efficient : I calmly pass
my days, with the help of fraternal charity. In our house in Tarzo, every day we
have Eucharistic Adoration. I do not have words in order to express my
thanks to the beloved Pope Luciani and to all those who have prayed and have
helped me to trust in prayer and to abandon myself totally to the Will of God
Sister Ines Pinaffo
from "Humilitas", Nr.1/86
from "Humilitas", Nr.1/86
allow myself to communicate to that respectable Center my relative testimony to
one extraordinary healing.
Towards the end of June 1985, my brother Mr. Rino Pinaffo, resident with the
family in France, in Confouleux 81800 Robenstans, telephoned to the brother
Priest, don Aldo Pinaffo, parish priest of Crea of Spinea (VE), that his brother-in-law,
Mr. Jacques Albenge Zaching, was in the hospital in serious conditions with a
certain diagnosis of a malignant tumour in the head. The surgeons were very
uncertain on the wisdom of performing an eventual operation, due to the gravity
of the situation. The brother perceived to us, also on behalf of the wife and
the four sonsí, the dramatic truth. He asked with trust, that I and the
nuns of Villa Bianca in Tarzo (TV) would pray to Pope Luciani , so that, for
Pope Lucianiís intercession, from which I am convinced myself to have received
a great grace, he could also find comfort and healing. I wrote him immediately,
exhorting him to pray with confidence to Pope Luciani and I sent him a postcard
with the photo of the Pope inviting them and the other relatives to say a 'Pater
Noster', 'Ave Maria' and three 'Glorias', trusting in his intercession. My other
sister, a Nun, who was in Rome, went to Pope John Paulís grave to pray that
the surgical operation would be successful. On the eve of the operation, as it
was written to me, I knew that one of the surgeons had been withdrawn asserting
that Mr. Albenge, even if he was operated on, would have had only a few
days of life; the other surgeon was very uncertain about what to do. While from
every part there were prayers, the doctors decided themselves in favour of the
operation, which lasted five hours. They found a bag of blood and, in the
brain, the tumour that it was not possible to remove, only in part, in
order not to damage vital parts. Before informing the wife about the negative
success of the operation, she was given some sedatives. The situation was very
serious : the husband would have lived only some days. The tumour, I repeat, was
malignant, neither it was possible for it to be taken completely out because, as
I have said, being localized in extremely delicate parts and vital of the brain,
the sick man would have died during the operation.
days passed, with plenty of worry and anxiety. The doctors underwent the
sick man to all the clinical controls. With great surprise and astonishment of
the relatives, the doctors informed us that Mr. Albenge appeared
completely recovered because there was no more trace of the tumour . Therefore
he was sent back to his house. In September of the same year, my brother
don Aldo went to see him, and he found the relative in his workplace!
A thanksgiving Mass was celebrated for the grace obtained by the intercession (I
am absolutely convinced) of Pope Luciani. All the relatives were present.
Towards the middle of January 1986, another test was made on Mr. Albenge.
The doctors, stating the confirmed healing, were astonished: " How can he
be well recovered, without having undergone some radiation ?". I must
add that in the first days of May, Mr. Albenge was still undergoing
examinations of the case that confirmed the complete healing. The family wishes
to convey their thanks to so many people who have prayed for the healing of the
relative, and they wish with living hope that Pope Luciani can be, as soon as
possible, elevated to the dignity of the altars.
Sr Ines Pinaffo
" Villa Bianca "
from " Humilitas ", Nr.3/87
Mr. Jacques Albenge Zaching is now 56 years of age, and he is perfectly recovered. He continues his life working the fields.
from " Pope Luciani, the parish priest of the world ", 1998
Mrs. Emilia Aresca Tiberti, inhabitant in Castelnuovo Calcea (Asti) in Via
Valleggia 19, had suffered for several years from serious pains in her back, so
much so that she was prevented from doing her usual housework. The doctors'
cures were not useful to stop her suffering, indeed, the problem was aggravated.
The orthopedic Head physician of Nizza Monferrato Hospital visited her. She
underwent x-rays, and all kinds of tests and treatments, she had to carry the
orthopedic bust, but all without any improvement. The Nizza Hospital conserves
her clinical folder, that it can be consulted.
Holy Fathers' burial day, the lady went with emotion to the celebration of
the funeral rites. Among her pains during all the development of the sacred
function she did not stop to pray to him to be able to get the relief her pains
in this way : " Oh you, Pope Luciani, so close to Jesus, Jesus listens to
you; I have not deserve it, but if you say it... ".
night in bed she continued praying , until, tired out, she fell asleep. At dawn,
she woke up, she felt light; she did not feel any pain. She was astonished! She
tried to get out of her bed, but she had to be sure with great emotion that
every pain had disappeared. Since that day September 29, 1978 until today
October 8, 1984 the disease has absolutely disappeared.
the lady always continues praying to Pope Luciani; She celebrates a Mass for his
death anniversary every year, she often makes offerings, when she can,
for good works in honour of the saintly Pontiff.
favoured woman would have much pleasure if her grace was published in the
magazine " Humilitas ", to honour the beloved Pope Luciani.
undersigned Salesian Chaplain Priest from Monferrato Nizza Hospital, who has
collected all this said above verbally from the same lady, attests to the
honesty of the same person and therefore the truth about all that he has heard
from her and it is reported here.
don Adone Mario Cicuta,
Salesian Chaplain of the Hospital
from " Humilitas ", Nr.3/86
My name is Andrea, I am 18 years and I am a seminarist of Ravenna, very attached
to the memory of Pope Lucianiís figure. In 1978 I was 10 years and for the
election of a Pontiff I paid the typical attention of a boy of that age, that is,
I followed it with a certain disregard. One thing struck me deeply and it was
the greeting that the neo-elected one gave to the world the day after the
election. I do not know well because, perhaps the smile, perhaps the strong
veneta cadence when speaking, perhaps the great goodness and humility that
gushed from the way of moving of John Paul I, but those words were printed in my
mind and in my heart and just today I remember them very well. I felt an extreme
happiness for what it had happened, happiness that increased to the thought of
being able to see and feel that man for who knows how much time.
Luciani was one flashing light suddenly illuminating on the figure of the
papacy, after the grey of the last years of Paul VI (besides a greatest figure
of the contemporary Church, very highly -esteemed by me). Well, to my eyes,
those of a boy of hardly 10 years, the unexpected passing of that man, who
had become for me something more than a person to respect or to see only in TV
or on newspapers, was nearly a trauma; from then on was born a thirst in
me to learn biographical particulars, curiosities, signals on the life of a man
who had fascinated me so strongly, but that much too soon the Lord has removed
from all of us, almost as if we were not worthy to deserve a grace so
interest for Pope Luciani has then carried me to increase the horizons of my
search, to extend to other personages unknown directly for me from which I had
heard as for example two other Popes, former Patriarchs of Venice, as S. Pius X
and John XXIII.
then has continued the road that has carried me to the vocation to sacerdotal
life, that even now I cover with much enthusiasm and conviction. Therefore
I love to remember the roots of my choice, sunk just in Albino Lucianiís
figure, in those 33 days that, if little or nothing they have meant to the eyes
of many, they have been enough to leave behind us an image by now surpassed of
the Pontiffís figure, opening the doors for new times, until quite
interrupting the ancient sequence of Italian Popes, also that no more justified.
one as historical level, without taking into account what the election of John
Paul I has operated in so many, but many persons ". (...)
from " Humilitas ", Nr.4/86
" To the Glory of the
Holy Trinity : Father, Son and Holy Spirit and honour of His faithful servant:
Albino Luciani - John Paul - I write:
August 1984 I had news that my sister, Libera, had to undergo a surgical
operation because she suffered from neoplasia of the tube. The disease was
manifested serious and of uncertain nature. In my painful surprise I felt myself
pushed to pray to " Pope Luciani ". Every day I prayed to his image
with much faith; and a thought began in me: Beloved Pope Luciani, make me see
that you have credit before God by obtaining " grace " for Libera; and
I prayed... My sister underwent the operation, underwent all the
assessments and cures (painful and humiliating) with laudable serenity, optimism
and force of mind asking, stimulated by me, the protection of Pope Luciani
together with her relatives, especially her husband.
some months she was subjected to an agreed operation " an exploratory
laparatomia " in Monza, by Prof. Mangioni; she exceeded with respectable
normality, remaining fifteen days in that hospital, alternating clinical
examinations. Before leaving the hospital, with her husband, she awaited the
results with much serenity, mixed with anxiety... And the Professor came with
the " response ". He looked very pleased and, putting his hand on her
shoulder, said: " Dear Madam, although the doubts, the perplexities, the
uncertainties, Iím surprised, I must say that the assessments turn out
negative; but you... who is praying for you?
cannot describe the feelings she had at that moment, except that they were
expressed in an explosion of crying; but she knew very well and she had no doubt
that Pope Luciani had obtained the grace for her, and she had already promised
to go to his native town " Canale D' Agordo " to thank him, a promise
that she carried out on August 6, 1986, approximately after two years. For me
the words of the Professor are the answer of the " credit " that Pope
Luciani has before God. Because of that, with confidence in him I pray to
him in mine and other people's necessity. Pope Luciani is indeed the smiling
Pope and I am pleased to call him : transparency of God! "
Sr. Rosa T.
Sister of Charity
resident at St. Bartolomea
and St. Vicenza Institute
from "Humilitas", Nr.1/87
" I am a 25 years old girl from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am living as a student in San Benedetto del Tronto for ten months. Last week when I was in Vittorio Veneto for a visit, I saw a copy of " Pope Luciani-Humilitas " magazine. Today I have finished reading it and I felt touched. I want to tell you I love Pope Luciani very much and I consider him just as a saint. He has changed my life. For years I did not go to church, from when I finished elementary school. When I saw him on TV for the first time, I felt greatly touched because I had never seen a Pope so sweet, amiable, smiling. On September 16th, 1978, Saturday evening, I felt called to go to Mass, but I did not want to go. Eventually, when I could oppose this 'call' no longer, I went to Mass.. I see in this fact that the Lord had the intention of using Pope Luciani to make me return to the Catholic practice that I have no longer abandoned . Now I see that there is a center dedicated to promoting his figure and I can say that the Lord has listened to me. I have prayed a lot that something was made like that. And I thank the Lord. I always try to study his figure, to read all the books that I can find. I also join with the wishes of Sr. Maria Cecile du Sacre Coeur from France and to all those people who wish the same : to see some day his Cause of Beatification introduced which would greatly benefit the Universal Church. Although, I ask always the Pope Lucianiís intercession as if he were a Saint. I celebrate the Holy Mass every year in his memory and for his Beatification in Buenos Aires (every September 28th ).Four years ago, I had the grace of being able to go to his native town, Canale D' Agordo, and now I Ďd want to know the Pope Luciani Center in order to see your work. I hope to be able to do it soon ". (...)
Gloria C. Molinari
Buenos Aires, Argentina
from " Humilitas ", Nr.1/87
: The author had been on a visit to Pope Luciani Center on December 24th, 1986,
before the publication of the letter in Humilitas.
complete testimony of the authors' conversion is found at : "The
Story of my Conversion"
" Today, rethinking with calm to the contacts I had with him, I donít
know how I couldnít realize in what way he has been able to demonstrate
towards me so much love and good will. The first true contact with don Albino I
had was in Belluno, back in 1943 when, having free time from my engagements in
the office, I collaborated for " Lí Amico del Popolo " and I was
provincial correspondent for " Lí Avvenire díItalia ". He met me
at Piazza dei Martiri and he told me: " I have read your first articles on
our Catholic daily paper and I am pleased with you. The only thing, you know, in
my personal opinion, how it would play well if you, signing yourself, you put
the Christian name first, and then the surname." But the lesson I have
learned it from that beginner I was. Since then my contacts with him were very
rare and just for this even today I am amazed for what I am about to write :From
September until ending November 1961, I was sent urgently to the Padova hospital
for a surgical operation, but a not benevolent destiny forced me to bed for
three months because of two bronchopneumonias due to post-surgical complications.
From a medical consult result : not hopes of survival, so much that the voice
had scattered a little bit everywhere and everybody expected from a moment to
the other the announcement of my death.
But then the Bishop of Vittorio Veneto Luciani hadnít forgotten me, and twice I saw him at my bedside and when I told him that I wanted to die at home, with a sign of the Cross on the forehead and with the words "God has helped me in the past sufferings and He will also help you surely", he said goodbye to me smiling. At the end of November, I went home in order to end my earthly days, but " incredible dictu ", after three days I was at Falcade, the fever that always oscillated on the 40 degrees, disappeared completely and at Christmas I worked in my hotel atmosphere, as nothing had happened. That is like that on December 28th a bus arrived also that carried Nuns and nurses from the Padova Hospital, came purposely to Falcade in order to see if truly I was still alive. I remember that, while the group was led to the dining room, a nurse at a low voice (but I have heard very well), told to a Nun: " Is that one at the bar Mr. Folís brother ?" And she : " No, no, he is who was dying in Padova ". (...)
from " Humilitas ", Nr.1/87
am Antonietta DallíAgata. I was born born at Godega (TV) on February 26, 1930.
I belong to a Secular Institute and I have lived in Vittorio Veneto for 22 years,
at a diocesan House, where I take care of tailoring for ecclesiastics. I
met Pope Luciani when he was Bishop of this city. I have also made cassocks for
him, since he was a Bishop until he was a Cardinal: black cassocks. I know that
in Venice he wore his predecessors' red cassocks.
Homilies at Vittorio Veneto Cathedral, so simple in shape and so full of
doctrine and convincing weight, filled me up with the spirit of joy. In the few
words that he told us when I emitted the first vows (we were three novices) he
said: " Even if the house burns and from the window you see all dark, you
do not have fear. Throw yourselves down : a lovely Father attends to you with
open arms ".
those days I was feeling pain for the recent loss of my dear father!
Luciani often gave examples from the life of St. Francis of Sales and St. Teresa
of the Child Jesus, and from their writings.
many years, I have suffered from arthritic pains, neuritics and lately also
arthrosis. On September 29, 1978 I was at the Civil Hospital of Udine since
three months, waiting to undergo a surgical operation because of two disc
hernias. Towards 8.00a.m., two nurses came to prepare me. " What a shock -
they said to me - the Pope has died ! ". I kept my tears in order not to
create difficulty to my transport in operating room: for a long time I was
myself unable to move, as though paralysed. I observed the serious faces of the
doctors and heard their whisper of surprise and displeasure for the Popeís
death. When I woke up, after the operation, I considerably perceived the
presence, close to my bed, of the Pope in white cassock and mitre, who said (I
do not know how): " Force and courage ". The doctor thought that,
after the operation, I would remain immobilized, in bed, for all my life. When I
made my first steps, the others came to my room and they were amazed.
Still today they say to me : " How do you manage to walk ? "
I think this fact is due to Pope Luciani. In spite of the situation of suffering in which I find myself for the conditions of my health and the continuous pains, I still succeed in moving myself, although with difficulty and with the help of an orthopedic stick, and to carry out my activity as a dressmaker.
Antonietta Dallí Agata
from " Humilitas ", Nr.2/87
I am an 85 year-old lady, very ill, resident in Gaeta, a widow for many years
and of strong faith.
want to explain to you my case, and briefly the story about how the facts have
happened so that you can estimate how much of what is 'miraculous' you can find
in what has happened to me. Seven years ago, my daughter, Maddalena, already
suffering for a long time from a mystery illness, went to the hospital in Rome
to have some tests. For six long months, the doctors have tried to characterize
the illness that affected her, until, at the end, after a mistaken angiography,
my daughter fell in coma.
one of my grandsons, a cardiologist, told the other doctors there wasnít
anything that could be done and there was no more hope for her. In fact, my
daughter did not eat any more and she was reduced to weigh not even forty
kilos. To me, as I remained in Gaeta, the relatives didnít say anything, but
my motherís heart understood that it was the most serious case and then,
crying with desperation and entrusting to the Madonna, I found between my hands
a small newspaper. From a page of it, Pope Luciani watched me smiling and then I
gave to him my desperate tears praying to him to intercede before the Madonna.
Then I heard his voice within me that told me with sweetness : ĎItís
me, be calm !í
same day in Rome, my daughter began feeling well because of dialysis,
improving, and operated on finally for a feocromocitoma on a kidney (in fact,
she was born without the right kidney), she then recovered quickly. Now,
thank God she is well. Regarding what I have written above, I would like to
speak to someone in order to add all that I cannot write, but to explain
to words to a competent person ".
Rosa Simoncini widow Fiorentini
from " Humilitas
" I allow myself to tell you a small grace that my mother has received from
him. Some years ago, she had felt like a burning pain that was unbearable,
because of the crushing of a nerve between cervical vertebras. She has medical
treatment without a successful outcome and she had to undergo a surgical
operation. In the meantime, I prayed to Pope Luciani for his intercession . And
so, after a little time, in spite of the bad condition of her vertebras, she has
no more pain. I think that the Lord wants Pope Luciani as a distributor of His
Gloria C. Molinari
Buenos Aires, Argentina
from " Humilitas ", Nr.1/88
" I have never had the luck of meeting Pope Luciani in person, but I have
followed all the speeches that he made in television from the election until the
funeral, and I can say I can already consider myself a very lucky person,
specially in order to have seen and felt his first and memorable talk with the
crowd, best to say, with " old friends ", of that magnificent August
27th , ten years ago.
that talk he made me understand soon, not only to me but to all the world, how
he was familiar with everybody, simple and, first of all, humble and that his
unmistakable smile had entered into every manís heart. I thought that his
Pontificate would have lasted much longer and perhaps one day I would have met
him and spoken to him, but instead the good God wanted things different
and called to Him the humble and amiable servant after thirty three days of
Pontificate defined as " space of a smile".
cried a lot on the morning of September 29th , when I knew from my grandmother
that Pope Luciani was dead, but as soon as I was grown up, I
consoled myself with the words of St. Augustine " We do not have to cry
because He has taken him from us but be glad because He has donated him to us
the years that have passed, I mean, from 1978 until today, I have seen in me a
kind of inner maturation that pushed me to a greater devotion and total
confidence towards the most dear John Paul I, to such a point that I began
praying to him so much, because my mother had convinced herself not to let me
enter a seminary (1986), because she just did not want, to such a point to apply
me at a school against my will.
years have passed and little by little I saw a true and just an inner change in
my mother : now she nearly goes to Mass every day, she receives the Communion,
she prays and I have made her make also friendship with my most dear
year, without telling her anything, it was her who told me to enter the Seminary,
and she was regretful because she hadnít done it two years before. In order to
obtain this result, I have had to pray so much to Our Lord, by the intercession
of Pope Luciani and now I am in the Seminary to follow my Vocation.
Recently I have gone (on August 12th) to pray at his grave to thank him for what he has done for me, and for what now he will continue doing. The only wish I have would be to go and visit Canale D' Agordo, Venice and your Center, but next summer perhaps I will be able to make this journey. Every day, after the Praises and the Vespers, I always say the prayer that Pope Luciani has taught us: " Lord, take me as I am, with my imperfections, with my mistakes, but make me become like You wish ". I would want that this testimony (even if unworthy), was published (also reduced by you) in the great " Humilitas " magazine, in order to make people know how much I love and pray to the dearest Smiling Pope.
greet you as a brother in Christ,
Sante De Angelis
Seminary San Giovanni
from " Humilitas ", Nr.1/89
I am a teacher of Letters and Deputy Head near the Medium School of Carate
Brianza but, first of all, married happily and the father of four children. More
than eight years ago, we met the Bishop of Belluno during a holiday at Falcade.
To my wife, then waiting for our first son, he told us to trust on John Paul I,
mothers in wait protector. This did not strike us much then.
a distance of fifteen months, our second child was born (a girl) and, for both
the pregnancies, my wife was forced to have absolute rest during the first
trimester for threat of abortion. After some year, we wished for a third child,
but after a long period of waiting, my wife had a spontaneous abortion. Remained
pregnant immediately, she newly was forced to rest and then victim of a
big haemorrhage that, as the curing gynecologist said, like those of the
hospital where she was immediately sent, it was a sign, if not of abortion
having already happened, imminent abortion and surely unavoidable.
the hospital, she had another two haemorrhages and, at that point, with pain and
nearly deprived of hope, it returned to my mind Pope Luciani, to whom I asked
with all my heart his intercession together with my wife. Since then, she did
not have any haemorrhages and on April 25th ,1991 Paola Maria was happily born.
Absolutely unexpected, in Spring of this year, my wife was again pregnant .Confirmed
the pregnancy, I was also preoccupied for the most possible complications (happened
in all the previous analogous situations), prayed from the heart for Pope
Luciani to intercede for the mother and the childís health. Such a prayer then
lasted for all the nine months and - for the first time without some
problem - on November 25th Giovanni Paolo Maria was born. Because of the
gratefulness that we nourish towards " paternal and maternal " Pope
Luciani Ďs intercession, I felt iobliged to tell you these facts ".
Carate Brianza (ME)
from " Humilitas ", Nr.1/93
dearest, respectfully, I allow myself to tell you some graces received from Pope
August 26th , 19 78 I was listening to my radio in order to satisfy my Catholic
curiosity. I applauded with joy on learning that His Holiness, Pope John Paul I,
had been elected to the Papacy. The news about his death a month later
deeply struck me. I found in this Pope an exceptional Christian
quality and so, after his death, I began praying to him. As a widower,
father of five children, I had a problem with the two elder ones who were
falling into a pagan life-style, abandoning the Catholicism. Then I
invoked the man whom I already consider a Saint and these two boys have
returned to their Christian life. Another time I had falsely been accused in a
court and all the neighbors believed that I would not have known how to defend
myself. Then I turned to John Paul I and was acquitted since the
T. Nord Kivu
Republic of Zaire
from " Humilitas ", Nr.3/93
wish to tell you a small (or big!) fact happened here in Heliopolis where I
carry out my apostolate. A mother of eight children was in a coma for a week due
to meningitis. She was assisted by her mother, a Christian. She was about
to die and I cried more than her dear mother. In the evening, I said in prayer
to Pope Luciani: " Listen, you can see this mother, I canít. Think about
it ! This grace will never be recognized to you, but you are humble and this, I
know, you donít mind".
put the Popeís medal into the womanís handkerchief. In the morning, I met
the night-duty Nun. I was afraid to ask how is she. She looked at me and teld me
that by then she was about to die. " Luciani, think about it ! ", I
prayed within me. At 7.30 I went running and the womanís mother came to me:
" Nun, she has woken-up, speaks, has had a little drop of water and she is
well! ". We cried together with the Lord and Pope Luciani ".
Sr Victoria Cibien
from " Humilitas ", Nr.4/96
Who writes is a 21 year-old girl. I am Sonia and I am from Caorle, a town in
year I was on a summer holiday at Alleghe and so I had the chance to visit
Canale D' Agordo and to get in touch with the wonderful person of Pope Luciani.
was pushed to write a meaningful episode which happened to me in November 1996.
I was alone at home, in the morning, when a stretcher-bearer from the ambulance
telephoned me: " We are carrying your father to Mestre hospital, there was
a road accident, but be calm, everything will be all right ". When the call
had ended, I cannot tell you what condition I was in, first of all because I
hadnít anyone to comfort me and help me. Above my bed I have hung a small
picture of beloved Pope Albino, and so that morning I asked him to protect
Dad and not to let anything bad have happened to him. From that moment on, I
calmed myself; I knew I was not alone, because I had received Jesus in the
Eucharist that same morning during the Holy Mass and then because I spoke with
my good Pope, and he gave me courage and peace.
hours later, they telephoned me from the hospital : Dadís car, in which he was
going to Venice to work that morning, had been in the middle of the road,
because of the brakes which had not worked at that moment, it had not succeeded
to stop at a stop. At that hour (8.30 in the morning) the traffic was very
intense; miraculously, a truck only touched Dadís car, while two cars had
fully crashed into it, destroying the car completely.
Dad didn't even have a fracture due to the accident, only some contusions, and
recovered perfectly with a little rest at home.
who has come to learn about the dynamics of the accident, has said that it has
been a miracle. I know to whom to attribute this miracle, to him, the Pope who
still smiles in Heaven to those who invoke him in prayer.
this I have written you, to thank Pope Luciani for what through his intercession
Jesus has granted me, and besides I would want to put all my family and my
beloveds under the beloved Pope Lucianiís protection. I consider him my
beloved friend, I always feel him close to me and I often speak with him ".
via Dello Zodiaco, 630021
from " Humilitas ", Nr.2/97
still met Pope Luciani at " Stella Maris " in Venice and I had the
chance to have some beautiful chats with him. I'll come to the point : some time
ago, due to the judgment of the University Professors, I should have been
operated on for a rather ugly sickness; but Mother Superior prayed
together with me to the beloved Pope Luciani and I think that for his
intercession before Who everything is possible : I returned to the University
Professor and he told me: " By now, the x-rays are good and we donít see
the need for any surgical operation ". I do not want to exaggerate but for
me Pope Luciani has been close to me
and he is a Saint, a great Saint ".
Col San Martino (Treviso)
from " Humilitas ", Nr.3/97
(Buenos Aires - Argentina)
Mrs. Alicia Ruiz Gima, from Buenos Aires, has told me the story of one of her cousins' conversion : Rodolfo Tortoriello, then 29 years old, who wasnít a practicing Catholic. He became an Engineer in 1978. He and a friend decided to tour Europe, and there they rented a car. They started from Spain, then went to France. They arrived in Italy when Pope Paul VI died, and drove South and they returned to Rome to see the Ďfumataí (smoke) announcing the election of a new Pope. So they were able to see Giovanni Paulo I on the day of his election. They continued on their travels towards Florence, Venice, the beaches. The two boys just wanted to have fun. Instead, things change for Rodolfo. They returned to Rome the day after Pope Lucianiís death. Rodolfo was in Saint Peters' and he queued in order to visit the body after waiting a long time . He had seen many, people crying and realizing the feeling of them being abandoned. He also started crying. He had felt something strange and he has said that it was one of the few times in which he had cried. He felt a big sorrow, sadness for John Paul I. Rodolfo was touched by the Popeís smile and face. He couldnít explain the sorrow he felt, he did not know how to explain it. Afterwards, his conversion arrived.
From a conversation with the author
" In Italy, Emilia
Aresa had suffered for years pains at her back in such a way that she wasn't
able to carry out her housework, and none of the consulted doctors had been in a
position to find a solution. She was present at John Paul Iís funeral and in
tears she prayed: " Pope Luciani, you who are so close to Jesus, pray for
me and give me the healing or, at least, let me be enough well to be able to do
my houseework. If you speak to Jesus He will listen to you... ". Next
morning, when she got up, every pain had disappeared and it did not appear any
from " John Paul I - The Smiling Pope "
European Publishing Institute, Naples 1987
" On January 2000, on
the cruise where I have worked, an administrative Officer had had a kind of
ictus (it was said due to work excess). His wife came to me, crying (she also
worked there doing administrative work) and saying that her husband had been
sent to hospital on board and he couldnít move; he had no reactions. I told
her I would pray for him. So, once I finished my duty at the information desk, I
went to the chapel to pray to God through Pope Lucianiís intercession for the
healing of this work colleague. Next day, he was recovered - as though nothing
had happened to him. When I met him
again I told him who had helped him
"Here, in the USA, a
mother, pregnant with her third child, had serious complications; so many that
doctors told them that, there was no hope not only for the baby, but she would
also die if she did not abort. She refused. She was sent a small piece of Pope
Lucianiís white cassock, together with the prayer for his beatification. To
the great astonishment of the doctors, a beautiful boy was born; they had never
seen such a positive result, they
expected to find complications. So they decided to point out the case to
specialized medical magazines. The child, whose name is Davide Matteo Giovanni
healthy Paul is healthy, now, happy, he has an irresistible smile ! ".
from " John Paul I
The Smiling Pope "
European Publishing Institute, Naples 1987
" Dear don Albino,
What I am about to tell you
might please you, but sure it will
also give consolation to those who have suffered not less for your unexpected
departure from this " valley of tears ". And you know well that, next
to your relatives and your direct and faithful collaborators, there are many
humble persons in every part of the world who love you a lot and they continue
talking to you.
Some days ago I have met a
worker from Lendinara (a town in Rovigo province, where you had stayed and where
I have begun my pastoral service more than thirty years ago), Italo Caritŗ, 52
years, married and with a 20 years daughter. The Parish priest, don Vittorio,
and sister Anna, introduced him to me. They both were convinced in finding
before something extraordinary. This gentleman was famous as an exceptional " Priest-eater " (his own words), upset blasphemous
and fully indifferent to every religious callback. Mrs. Graziella, his patient
wife and devote person, after the first years of the wedding and pregnant with a
daughter, had given up the idea of leading the husband on the straight way. When
Paul VI died, with the conclave coming - and sure you will know more than us -
the news of your election to Saint Peterís Chair was disseminated : at that
moment, Mr. Italo reacts with heavy, unpronounceable expressions, a lot that the
wife, after having said her joy for the election of our Patriarch of Venice,
decides to return on the argument never more.
But, in the following days,
starting from that conversation with the crowd he made on Sunday from the logia of Saint Peter : (... Yesterday morning, I
was going to the Sixtine ...), in that house of via Trento, exactly at Lendinara,
something strange was happening: Mr. Italo watched the television news, listened
to this new Pope who spoke simply ... Until when, hardly after a month, there
was the incredible news of his death. At the hour of lunch, the television news
showed the images and the comments about that smiling Pope who was already dead.
Italo was eating and,
beside him, there was the wife, pregnant and next to the big event. They say
together what happened: while the
images of the public audience were being shown, that one of the Pope with
Daniele Bravo, the Roman boy of fifth elementary school, who helped the Pope in
the explanation of the Action of Charity - suddenly, Mr. Italo burst into tears,
he covered his face and remained like struck by lightning of the spirit, changed
and turned like a sock, I mean, converted instantly.
Now, more than twenty years
later, we arrive to learn about all this and we find in his house a large John Paul Ií portrait; since then every year he went to Canale D'
Agordo to say thanks and his Christian community testifies a miracle long-lasting
in the time.
You know well that I would
never have allowed to myself to speak with name and surname about such a
delicate fact, if the interested one had not prayed me to do it, to honour the
truth and edification of others. Rethinking on what had happened, I was
wondering if it has not arrived the moment to include, in the Causes of the
Saints, the instantaneous miracles that happen, not so much in the body, but in
the spirit. Because, even now if you will hide behind the doors of the Paradise,
I think that changing the head and the life of people in the direction of the
Gospel was the goal of your all existence. And just for this, you will be happy.
don Licio Boldrin
from " Humilitas ",
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