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In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I [Paperback]

David A. Yallop
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12 Jun 1987

In God's Name has been at the top of the bestseller lists all over the world. It contains some of the most explosive and dramatic revelations ever published about the internal affairs of the Vatican.

During the late evening of September 28th or the early morning of September 29th, 1978, Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani, known as 'the smiling Pope' died only thirty-three days after his election.

David Yallop began his investigation into this death at the request of certain individuals resident in Vatican City who were disturbed by a cover-up of the true circumstances surrounding the discovery of the Pope's body. It is his conviction that murder was the fate of Albino Luciani and he presents his evidence in this enthralling book.

Over three years continual and exhaustive research, David Yallop uncovered a chain of corruption that linked leading figures in financial, criminal and clerical circles around the world in a conspiracy of awesome proportions. To this day, several years after its first publication (1984), the central questions raised in In God's Name remain unanswered and the frightening accusations still undisputed.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (12 Jun 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552132888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552132886
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thriller ... ÝYallop has surely proved that there is a case to answer." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Yallop is a highly regarded investigative journalist and "seeker of justice." He has overturned opinion with every book he has written, continuously uncovering injustice and truth in his research into the Derek Bentley case, Carlos the Jackal, and the murder of John Paul I. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of monumental importance 20 Sep 2003
This is a difficult book to digest for faithful Roman Catholics like myself. It is the story of a wonderful priest who loved the poor and wanted the church to improve the quality of life for Catholics. Pope John Paul the First was a man who would not seek to impose christian solutions on non-Christians; he was someone who was sensitive to social problems and open to dialogue; with a commitment to the search for unity; a good pastor, a good shepherd in the way that Jesus was; a man who sincerely believed that the church should not be out of date but be a relevant, nurturing factor in the lives of Catholics worldwide.
The press called him the "Smiling Pope." However, in reality Albino Luciani who wished to be called Pope John Paul the First and became the first double name in the history of the papacy was a man of enormous faith. What a shame his 33 days as pope in 1978 was the shortest stint since Pope Medici Leo XI in 1605 who only served 17 days. In all likelihood, he had the inner strength and intelligence to be the greatest pope in the history of the Vatican.
To this end, "In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I," by highly regarded journalist David A.Yallop is a work of monumental research and importance. The author dares to point a finger at the financial corruption within the Vatican. He names names...Michele Sindona, Roberto Calvi, Lucio Gelli, Cardinal John Patrick Cody of Chicago and Bishop Paul Casimir Marcinkus in Vatican City all coducted illegal activities. And Albino Luciani was determined to put an end to it.
This well-written book is difficult to put down. Quite naturally it is officially condemned by the oligarchy in the Vatican.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a true-to-the-mark book - right on.

Of scores of books written about this pope's death only the combination of David Yallop's 'In God's Name' and Lucien Gregoire's 'The Vatican Murders' bring the investigation to fruition. 'In God's Name' laying the groundwork yet leaving questions unanswered including who specifically killed the pope? 'The Vatican MUrders' answering those questions.

Both books prove beyond a shadow of a doubt this good man was murdered. 'In God's Name' links the pope's murder to the Vatican Bank while 'The Vatican Murders' takes it step further and proves: 'The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I.' Makes a lot of sense as according to the courts that tried the Great Vatican Bank Scandal the first transaction in the scandal took place a month after the murder of John Paul I.

Also, The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I answers the question: Did his struggle for basic human rights for women, the remarried, homosexuals and the poor cost him his life? Something 'In God's Name' fails to address:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 10 May 2000
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Since reading this book 10 years ago, I have been unable to believe in the Catholicism that I was taught as a child. The principles of truth and honesty are not upheld by the Catholic church but the "faithful" are expected to hang on their every word. Luciano would have brought the Catholic church into the modern world. Someone, somewhere saw him as a threat and days after being elected Pope, he was dead. Even if the Vatican was not directly responsible, David Yallop's excellent book outlines the lengths that the Catholic church has and continues to go to, to cover up what is their biggest tragedy of the 20th Century. Their unwillingness to clean up their own act, while continuing to preach to us seems to me, to be the very worst hypocrisy. This is a facinating read outlining the financial and political struggles inside St Peter's. You will not be able to put this book down. It's a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blueprint for murder 16 Dec 2006
It is good to see a publisher bringing David Yallop's masterpiece back to life. A little about the biographical history fo the 33 day pope.

From 1978 to 1983, the Vatican's strategy was to suppress the memory of this liberal pope and his mysterious and unwitnessed death. Then in 1984, David Yallop's `In God's Name' did such a riveting job in proving this pope was murdered that rumors began to fly. In 1985, the Vatican recruited clergy in several countries to write brief biographical sketches that painted him out to be a man who ignored the issues of his day and spent his life on his knees. Nothing could be further from the truth, as for twenty years as a bishop he had been a rampaging locomotive running about the Vatican, the courts and Parliament of Italy struggling for human rights for the oppressed; the reason he had risen to the papacy.

In order to support the Vatican's claim he died of a heart attack, these mini-biogs claim he lived his life in such poor health as if a respirator was required to keep him alive from day to day, whereas, in fact, he was an accomplished mountain climber for the last thirty years of his life. Of all the books written about his mysterious death, only `In God's Name' and, more recently, Lucien Gregoire's The Vatican Murders:: The Life and Death of John Paul I speak of the controversial positions this pope took concerning majors issues of his day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delighted when l finally tracked it down
Having read this book when it first came out and loaned it out , l lost track of it but was keen to find another copy. So, delighted when l finally tracked it down.
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I live in Italy. This book should be compulsory reading in all Italian schools
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I haven't read the book yet so I can't say anything about its content, all I can say is that it's not bad at all for a second hand book.
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Published on 20 Nov 2009 by Franz Bieberkopf
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A very serious matter that 'slipped through' with few really knowing what happened. It must be devastating for true Catholics, but it's a fact that needs to be revealed and... Read more
Published on 19 April 2009 by M. Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Great Man
Albino Luciani was elected Pope and chose to be Pope John Paul the First. Not only becoming the first double name in the history, but also appended the first to it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy of Murder
I thought it might be helpful to offer the history of how the investigation into the murder of the 33 Day Pope unfolded. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2006 by John Randolph Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveted by the content, frightened by the knowledge....
This is a book you simply cannot put down. The painstaking research, facts and figures is awesome, although sometimes a little too much. Read more
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