I want to dedicate this page to all
those who collaborate with us in a way or in another one, with their prayers,
with their support, etc., for this Cause so deep in our hearts.
We met by Internet a year and a half
ago. Father Johan Goossens had already a website dedicated to "the smiling
Pope". We started interchanging opinions, information. Each one had a story
to tell: Fr. Johan, who was only 10 years old in 1978 when he saw Pope Luciani
appearing as the new Chief of the Church, had felt inspired to follow his
priestly vocation by his example. Regarding me, I was 17 years old then, the
Pope' s appearance had changed my life, too: I went back to my religious
practice that I had given up for five years. From 1978 till today, I was dedicated
to study John Paul I' s figure and to pick up all kind of information: newspapers,
books, magazines, trips to Italy. After meeting Fr. Johan, I also contacted
another person via Internet: Dr. Margaret A. Tierney, who had received the
inspiration of promoting Pope Luciani' s Cause of Beatification and who was
searching for a Priest who could help her. And she found it. Later, I knew that
Priest was Fr. Johan. That is how I decided to give them both all my help. For
us, there is no doubt Pope Luciani is a beautiful example of holiness for the
present world. Dr. Tierney has a website dedicated to this Cause of
Beatification where we can find some miracles and favours received and also a
link where it is possible to sign the Petition for the Beatification of Pope Luciani. More than 800 signatures world-wide have already been
picked up and also messages that people leave as a token of love and veneration
towards his figure.
Dr. Tierney is sending John Paul' s I
Relic-cards to those who request them. Many people have already received the
gift of healing. At the same time, these Relic-cards are distributed by
collaborators world-wide: 80 persons in 21 countries, which ages go from 12 up
to 87 years old. The above mentioned countries are: Italy, Spain, Ireland,
Chile, Argentina, Malta, Indonesia, United States, China (Hong Kong), England,
Canada, Australia, Belgium, Russia, Peru, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, France,
Arabian Emirates and Wales. The devotion for Pope Luciani is growing day by day.
Dr. Tierney has already sent letters to the Holy Father, to the Cardinals, to
the Bishop of Belluno (Pope Luciani' s native diocese) requesting the
introduction of the Diocesan Process. Several Cardinals have already answered by
supporting this request. One of them asked us all the information we could send him
which was sent him at once. All this can be seen on Dr. Tierney' s website.
at the end of the last year, inspired by this activity that was appearing on
Internet, thanks to a young man, Massimiliano Piovesan, there was founded "Amici
di Papa Luciani” (Friends of Pope Luciani), an association that tries to
gather all those who love and venerate John Paul I' s figure and to promote his
example and, certainly, the Cause of Beatification. Many people have already
joined us and the list also includes some Bishops. Every year, at the church of
the Pope' s native village, Canale D ' Agordo, on August 26th, a Mass is celebrated in memory of the anniversary of his election and the
Belluno, who usually celebrates that Mass, receives a list of persons who sign
the Petition for the Beatification: this year, there were 4,000. Previously, it
had already been picked up 150,000. This village, at the Dolomites Alps foot,
has become a world-wide centre of pilgrimage. But this time, the wishes of
people from the whole world, it is clear, have become more and more insistent.
There are more than enough evidences of miraculous healings. The last one we
could know is due to the fact that the person involved in the miracle has
contacted Dr. Tierney, on August 2001. It happened in 1982:
Pope Luciani, dressed as a simple Priest, appeared to a Canadian woman,
who had a tumour in the brain and was about to be operated. He gave her the Holy
Communion. Later, when the surgeons opened her head to operate, the tumour...
had disappeared. On my website, you can see lots of testimonies about miraculous
healings, conversions, priestly vocations.
hope, with God' s help, the Diocesan Process can be introduced, soon.
thank God for this work, for these friends, for all the good that I receive day
letter reported above is dated September 2001. It's
a letter that I have only left as a part of History. Since then, many things
have changed. The process of Beatification will officially start on
November 23th, 2003, after having received the nihil obstat by the Vatican
authorities. Every report of graces received by the intercession of John
Paul I, eventual offerings and every request of info must ONLY be
the faith are requested to avoid distributing relic-cards without the
ecclesiastical authority approval. More info:
Dr. Margaret A. Tierney - Irish, artist, writer, musician. Died on August 19th, 2005.
Massimiliano Piovesan - Italian, technician at an agricultural machinery factory, President of the Pastoral Council of the diocese of Padova. Coordinator of "Amici di Papa Luciani".
Johan Goossens - Belgian, Priest of the
Norbertines Order (Premontré). He works at the Belgian parish of
C. Molinari - Argentinian, Merchant Marine
Radio Officer. Tireless traveller, amateur
photographer, sportswoman. Collaborator of
"Amici di Papa Luciani".
Father Johan Goossens at Canale D ' Agordo with Pope Luciani' s relatives, March, 2001
Massimiliano Piovesan with his wife Lucia
The author with Dr. Margaret Tierney, in Ireland, April 2001
With the Pope
Fr. Johan Goossens
Massimiliano Piovesan with his wife Lucia
The author during the Mass celebrated for the
VIII Anniversary of death of Popes Paul VI and John Paul I
(September 28th, 1986)
GCM 2001 - 2005