Pope John Paul I: A Signed Copy of Illustrissimi

Pope John Paul I: A Signed Copy of Illustrissimi

John Paul I: Illustrissimi
John Paul I: Illustrissimi, Title Page
John Paul I: Illustrissimi, Signature
John Paul I: Illustrissimi Jacket with Photo

Illustrissimi or “To the Illustrious Ones”, is a collection of letters written by Pope John Paul I when he was   Patriarch of Venice.   The letters were originally published in the Italian Christian paper ‘Messaggero di S. Antonio’  between 1972 and 1975, and published in book form in 1976.

The book was first published in English in 1978 when Cardinal Luciani (as he was then known) was elected Pope. As the English translation only reached the public after his death (after reigning  for just 33 days), it stands as one of the few writings in public circulation that indicate what sort of person John Paul I was and what sort of Pope he might have been had he lived longer.

There are 40 letters in all, mainly to people in Italian history and fiction, but also to internationally well known fictional and historical characters such as Pinocchio,  Charles Dickens,  Hippocrates, and Jesus. Each of the letters tends to be droll and witty, but cleverly turned into a short sermon in order to make a point, whether it is on fashion, pornography, capitalism  or the communications industry.

The Collection is enriched by any item belonging to or associated with the man known as, The Sun-ray of God’s Love.  His writings and signature are of special, spiritual value when it is highly assumed he will soon be beatified.

The letters are addressed to the following:

  • Date July 15, 2017
  • Tags Documents, John Paul I