Illustrissimi: The Letters of Pope John Paul I

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Gracewing Publishing, Aug 30, 2001 - Christianity - 290 pages
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For 33 days in 1975 the infectious smile of John Paul I lit up the world. Illustrissimi is a collection of droll letters he wrote for a newspaper before his election. Adressed to famous characters in history and literature, his pointed comments sparkle with humour and wisdom. Whether he is discussing the pangs of adolescnece with Pinocchio, pornography with Sir Walter Scott, capitalism with Marconi or miniskirsts with the Empress Maria Theresa, he manages to be both edifying and amusing. Illustrissimi is one of the few available clues to the personality of a POpe whose brief ministry chgarmed millions of people.
 

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Contents

Preface by Cardinal Hume
9
G K Chesterton
27
Trilussa
45
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
63
Figaro
81
Paolo Diacono
101
St Bernardine of Siena
117
St Romedios Bear
133
St Theresa of Lisieux
169
Casella
182
Aldus Manuzio
195
Christopher Marlowe
209
Quintilian
224
Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
239
Petrarch
253
Carlo Goldoni
267

Sir Walter Scott
151
The Unknown Painter at the Castle
156
Jesus
281
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