"33-day Pope" complained a few hours before his death in September 1978 about severe pain in the upper chest - "La Stampa": confirmation of "heroic virtue" is imminent
Rome (kath.net/KAP) Details of the death of the "33-day Pope" John Paul I has come up now. Accordingly, the Pope complained a few hours before his death on 28 September 1978 about severe pain in the upper chest, but did not want to call a doctor. This supports the official account according to which John Paul I succumbed to a heart attack. The unexpectedly early end of the pontificate had provoked speculation about a possible murder.
The new findings are based on previously unpublished documents, which are now being published in a book by the vice-lawyer for the beatification of John Paul I, Stefania Falasca ("Papa Luciani - Chronicle of a Death"). The Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli quoted contents of the volume appearing on Tuesday at the weekend in advance in the online edition of the Italian newspaper "La Stampa".
According to Falasca, the note on the heart attack suffered by John Paul I in the presence of his secretary John Magee can be found in the report of the papal physician Renato Buzzonetti to the Vatican Secretariat of State immediately after the papacy. In addition to medical records of Albino Luciani, the later John Paul I, the book also documents cardinals' doubts about the cause of death: for example, the papal electors questioned doctors about possible signs of malign influence before the recent conclave.
On the day of the publication of Falasca's book, a session of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints will take place on John Paul I in the Vatican. On Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Vatican correspondent Tornielli, a confirmation of the incumbent Pope Francis about the "heroic virtue" of his predecessor can be expected. This, together with the proof of a miracle, is a prerequisite for a beatification.
Photo: Pope John Paul I