Researching the life of Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, has been a labor of love.
I interviewed several key individuals who knew Luciani well. Among them:
Rev. Silvio De Nard, Sd.C. who was to be ordained by Cardinal Luciani
Don Diego Lorenzi, Cardinal Luciani’s personal secretary in Venice and junior secretary to the pope
Pia Luciani, the niece closest to the pope
John Magee, Bishop Emeritus of Cloyne, Ireland, who was the pope’s senior personal secretary and is the only person in the two thousand year history of the papacy to serve as personal secretary to three popes: Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II
Lina Petri, M.D., the pope’s niece who was called to the papal bedroom when John Paul’s body was discovered and who was later an official at the Vatican Press Office
† Lorie Pieper, Ph.D., author of A Passionate Adventure, a translation of many Luciani homilies and writings accompanied by a brief biography and who contributed to the book, The Smiling Pope
Loris Serafini, author of the biography, Papa Luciani: Il Sorisso di Dio, director of Museum Papa Luciani in Canale d’Agordo, Italy, and member of the Vatican’s John Paul I Foundation
† Monsignor Francesco Taffarel, Bishop Luciani’s personal secretary in Vittorio Veneto
I’ve also researched all available books, articles, and websites, along with the pope’s own writings (including those in Italian.) Together with primary sources, I have gathered ample information to paint a detailed word portrait of Albino Luciani that includes an abundance of previously undisclosed information.
Mo Guernon, Ed.M. / Biographer