On July 7, 1935, Albino Luciani was ordained to the priesthood, the first step on what was to culminate in his 1978 election as our Holy Father, Pope John Paul I. His pontificate lasted a mere 33 days. Since he was not even considered to be papabile, not many items belonging to or associated with him are often available for purchase, and they are quite rare.
The artifact presented here is his ordination card. Quite typically, the young priest chooses an image from the gospels. In this case, Luciani chose the image of the Good Shepherd. On the bottom of the card, it reads, in Latin, “I am the good shepherd.”
On the reverse side, is, first, an excerpt from Psalm 115 and, second, information about the offering of his first Mass, said in gratitude to God and for the consolation of all who attended it.
It ends with his new title, Don Albino Luciani, “new priest.”
Papal Artifacts also has the ordination cards of Pope Benedict XVI and Saint John Paul II. They are highly valued items given the significance of their meaning.
There is a cause for the canonization of Pope John Paul I, making the acquisition of his ordination card even more valuable, spiritually.