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A Thief in the Night: Death of Pope John Paul I Hardcover – 25 May 1989


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (25 May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670823872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670823871
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2002
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I am not a Christian. In fact, despite my deep interest in the history of religion, I am a staunch agnostic. Yet if there was ever a human being who, had he been granted more time, could have changed the world for the better, it was Papa Albino Luciani - better know as Pope John Paul 1 - who died under mysterious circumstances on 28 September 1978 after only 33 days in office.
Know by many as 'The Smiling Pope', it was widely believed that the Papacy of this humble, 65-year-old Italian would not be particularly noteworthy. How wrong could they have been! On the eve of his untimely death, Papa Luciani was not only preparing to slacken the Church's ruling on birth control, he was also about to embark on an investigation into corruption within the Vatican itself - corruption involving an illegal masonic lodge which had penetrated the Vatican walls in its search for power and wealth.
A Thief in the Night by John Cornwell is a truly excellent work of investigative journalism which examines the life of this wonderful man and guides us - quite objectively - through the events that led to his unnecessarily early death.
Unlike David Yallop in his book In God's Name, Cornwell does not force his opinions on the reader, but provides us, instead, with the known facts, and allows us to come to our own conclusions.
Although the truth will probably never be known, it is abundantly clear that certain high-ranking individuals from both inside and outside the Vatican had much to fear if John Paul I had remained alive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Randolph Marshall on 12 Mar. 2013
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Having followed Albino Luciani for thirty years of his ministry and for as many years after his death, I thought it might be helpful to set forth the historical record of investigations into the unwitnessed death of a man whose physical exam just three months earlier had declared him to be in exceptional health.

On the heels of the sudden and unwitnessed death of the youngest pope to die in four hundred years, Zottola & Pena published `They Have Murdered the Pope: Operation Pigeon' driven by what was at the time the most obvious motive for murder: John Paul's threat of economic movement toward Marxism in the west and liberal reformation within the Church. The book--a novel--came remarkably close to the truth in its fictional creation of `Operation Pigeon'--a blend of curia cardinals and capitalistic powers and the disappearance of Vatican Bank money in Central America.

In 1984, Yallop made the case for murder. In `In God's Name' he offers the hypothesis: three archbishops--Marcinkus, Cody and Villot--conspired in the Vatican bank scandal to the benefit of three Mafia types--Calvi, Sindona and Gelli. John Paul was murdered because an audit he ordered of the Vatican bank would have exposed transactions which exploded in the press four years later as the `Great Vatican Bank Scandal'--the Vatican transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to Nicaragua (believed to have gone to the Contras to overthrow the communist Sandinistas government). Much to his credit, Yallop revived the liberal identity of the 33-day Pope particularly as it concerned itself with contraception; something the Vatican had gone out of its way to annihilate.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GerryP on 3 Jan. 2010
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A well-researched account of John Paul I reign and death. Perhaps of more interest is the account of the workings of the Vatican 20 years ago. Having been written before Hitler's Pope it also gives an interesting background to Cornwell's views on Pius XII. Well worth a read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honrus Publicus on 19 May 2014
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I am great fan of John Cornwell, having already read "Hitler's Pope" (see the review). This was the previous book and it was the Vatican's attempt to undermine David Yallop's In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I bestseller which claimed that JPI was murdered. Cornwell even interviews Yallop in the book. It makes little difference. We know that there was cover-up.

I stopped reading this book in the middle and read The Secret History of the Jesuits. Then everything made sense. The Jesuits are a bunch of liars. Once you know that then the pieces all fit together. Even in John Thavis's The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church we see how the Jesuits rewrite history (see chapter two).

Halfway through the book Cornwell interviews some Jesuits who apparently wrote a piece in their newspaper that JPI had had "An Imitation of Christ" in his hands when he died. They were clearly lying.

The Jesuits are liars. The current Pope is a Jesuit. Enough said.

A.M.
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By Reg Brown on 26 Jun. 2014
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Book is in very poor condition.
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