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5.0 out of 5 stars Investigative record
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 investigative history of his mysterious death.

1978: On the heels of the unwitnessed death of the youngest pope to die in four hundred years, Zottola & Pena published `They Have Murdered the Pope: Operation...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
At one point in the book Lucien is proud to announce he has used over 160,000 words in the text. He would have fared better using half that number and staying focused. There are a number of sweeping generalisations which are so large they interfered with the flow, eg the entire Vietnamese army was catholic. Evidence?And note that this is his justification for a Vatican/...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Investigative record, 2 July 2014
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 investigative history of his mysterious death.

1978: On the heels of the 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 money in Central America.

1984: David Yallop (In God’s Name) offered the hypothesis that 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'

1988: Avro Manhattan wrote `The Dollar and the Vatican' in which he presented the hypothesis: The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I. This is consistent with the first transaction taking place a month after the 33-day Pope’s death.

1989: John Paul II commissioned John Cornwell to write ‘A Thief in the Night’ to dispel questions raised by Yallop and Manhattan. In exchange for access to Vatican witnesses, Cornwell would conclude John Paul died of pulmonary embolism; heart attack having been roundly ruled out by the medical community. Whereas Cornwell fails to prove embolism, he does poke a hole in Yallop's motive, citing testimony of the courts (1982-1986) that tried the Vatican bank scandal—the first transaction took place under the reign of John Paul II, a month after the death of the 33-day Pope. The audit could not have uncovered transactions which had not yet occurred.

In the Great Vatican Bank Scandal, John Paul II transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to Central America to CIA-Contras to crush the revolutionary of the poor; the exact opposite of what would have happened had John Paul I lived. The 33-day Pope strongly supported the revolution of the poor; the reason for rumors during his papacy he was secretly sending Vatican money to the Sandinistas to overthrow Somoza.

1990: The London Times reported Avro Manhattan was writing a book linking rightwing cardinals and American, British and Italian Intelligence to the murders of Aldo Moro and John Paul I. A week later, Avro’s wife—returning from Paris—found him dead in their South Shields home. Cause and date of death other than ‘Nov ’90’ remain unknown.

2013: Employing a barrage of testimony of the courts together with medical and criminology advancements—not available to the others when they wrote their books— Gregoire proves Avro Manhattan's thesis: The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I.

John Paul’s doctor and closest friend Antonia Da Ros—the man most qualified to shed light on how the only pope, whose death was unwitnessed, could have been a driving force one day and dead the next—was interviewed by Andrea Tornelli of Il Giornale:

“I examined him the week before. All vital signs were normal. I was flabbergasted when I heard the news. In the twenty years I knew him, he never spent a day in bed. Luciani enjoyed extraordinary health, an accomplished mountaineer with a powerful respiratory system, no heart, no pulmonary, no dietary, no diabetic, no cholesterol problem…nothing… not a thing that would explain his sudden death...”

No one will walk away from ‘The Vatican Murders’ without the firm conviction of who murdered this pope and why. Yet, the biography part of the book—a priest who would officiate at the funeral of a woman who had remarried, a bishop who would sanction the union of two men facing imminent death from Ebola, a cardinal who would change the age of confession to fourteen to protect children from pedophile priests, a pope who would break the chauvinistic backbone of the Church and ordain a woman, among countless other things he said and did—will draw an avalanche of hostility from preachers and sheep who prefer to live in the Old Testament.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 8 Jun 2014
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At one point in the book Lucien is proud to announce he has used over 160,000 words in the text. He would have fared better using half that number and staying focused. There are a number of sweeping generalisations which are so large they interfered with the flow, eg the entire Vietnamese army was catholic. Evidence?And note that this is his justification for a Vatican/ Washington plot to assassinate Kennedy.
There is plenty of room in this debate for his very gnostic view (quote) " with a capital G" but it is poorly cobbled together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avro Manhattan Revisted, 1 April 2014
This is as much a history book as it is an investigation into the murder of the 33-day Pope. It is supported by hundreds of media reports which recorded the events of the time. A few of the events of the time:

In 1967, Paul VI’s doctrine ‘Populorum Progressio’—every man an equal share—fueled the priest-worker movement forcing CIA intervention in Italy where it was the driving force behind the rise of the Communist Party in the polls.

In 1969, Lucien Gregoire (author)—CIA Intelligence Officer commissioned to crush the priest-worker uprising in Italy—meets Albino Luciani—covert leader of the priest-worker uprising in the Northern Italy. The enemies quickly become friends.

On the heels of the 1976 Italian election, Aldo Moro united his Christian Democratic Party (38.8%) with the Communist Party (34.4%) in the ‘Historic Compromise’ positioning the coalition to control Italian Parliament.

On March 17, 1978, Cardinal Violardo—Paul VI’s ‘voice for every man an equal share’ in Italian Parliament and close friend of Aldo Moro—is found dead in a stairwell in the Apostolic Palace on the morning Moro was kidnapped. The Vatican announced Violardo had obviously slipped over the darkened banister the evening before.

On March 17, 1978, Aldo Moro is kidnapped (subsequently murdered) on the morning he was going to move communist ministers in control of Italian Parliament, a power vested in him by the Historic Compromise.

On August 27, 1978, Albino Luciani becomes John Paul I.

On September 5, 1978, Metropolitan Nikodim—youthful Marxist leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and lifelong friend of Albino Luciani—falls dead at John Paul’s feet after sipping coffee.

On September 14, 1978, Enrico Berlinguer—head of the Italian Communist Party—showed up at the Papal Palace; perceived by the CIA as an attempt to resurrect the ‘Historic Compromise’ which had been buried with Aldo Moro. The CIA quickly tabs him ‘The Bolshevik Pontiff.’

On September 22, 1978, ‘The Bolshevik Pontiff’ said he would attend the upcoming Puebla Conference in Mexico and lead the revolution of the poor in Central America against the coalition of ruling juntas and the United States. The United States was looking at a half-dozen Marxist countries sitting in its backyard. A movement that would spread to the condor nations of Latin America like a row of dominos falling to a single tap.

On September 27, 1978, in his last public audience, John Paul I threatened the United States and its capitalistic allies: “It is the inalienable right of no man to accumulate wealth beyond his needs while other men starve to death because they have nothing”

The American statesman Henry Kissinger sounded the alarm: “Communist domination by Moscow as an autocracy is not the issue. Communist control of Italy and Central America as the will of the people is the issue... It would have terrible consequences for the United States and it is today the number one threat to its national security and must be dealt with accordingly.”

‘The Vatican Murders’ quotes Milan-born Avro Manhattan (The Dollar and the Vatican):

“…the providential death of anti-American Pope Paul VI gave the CIA the opportunity to carry out its scheme to force election of a pro-American Pope. It joined factions inside the Church backing the Opus Dei anti-Communist candidate from Poland… When the avowed Marxist—Albino Luciani—is elected, it struck a nerve of shattering proportions in the United States. In CIA headquarters the ball began to roll…”

On September 29, 1978, John Paul I is the youngest pope to die in four hundred years.

On November 3, 1978, Roberto Calvi/John Paul II raise the first dollars from investors in what would explode in the press four years later as the Great Vatican Bank Scandal. Most of the money disappears in Nicaragua (Contras to crush the revolutionaries). John Paul II tours Central American telling the people to stop supporting the revolutionaries. He defrocks priests who had led the revolution of the poor.

In 1990, on the heels of an avalanche of Italian court findings and other exposés that proved his hypothesis, a leak in the London Times disclosed that Avro Manhattan was writing a book linking a coalition of rightwing factions in the CIA and Opus Dei to the murders of Aldo Moro, John Paul I and other socialist leaders in the western world. The source claimed Manhattan had proof that the conspiracy that planed the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I. (Manhattan wrote the all-time Vatican-bestseller ‘The Vatican and World Politics’).

‘The Vatican Murders’ is the book Avro Manhattan was writing when his wife returned from Paris to find him dead in their South Shields’ home (the reason no biography cites Avro Manhattan’s date of death).

This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. All-in-all, ‘The Vatican Murders’ is a well-researched exposé on how rightwing factions in the Vatican and the United States control the political destiny of other nations to fit their own political convictions. Every teen should read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away!, 22 May 2014
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John T. Ciappetta "ghostbeliever" (Orlando, Florida) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I (Paperback)
Lucien Gregoire's detailed chronicle, "The Vatican Murders" is a 'must read' for everyone who has ever had the slightest curiosity regarding the short papacy of Albino Luciani (John Paul I), the 'smiling pope'. Unlike others who have written (and merely speculated) about the passing of this saintly man (and if there ever was a saint to have reigned as successor to Saint Peter, clearly Luciani was 'and remains' that man),Gregiore actually knew him, and was indeed a friend of his! The author gives in vivid detail an insight into the working mechanisms of the Roman Catholic Church, and the power hungry conspiring minds of the 'key princes' (cardinals -and bishops-) before, during, and after his papacy. For example; he brings to light the fact that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla who was to become Luciani's successor (and a strict conservative) was meeting with other ultra right wing cardinals such as Giuseppe Siri (amongst others who were very unhappy that their faction had lost) to discuss the next conclave shortly after a very healthy and robust (albeit liberal) Albino Luciani had barely ascended to the papacy two weeks earlier. These same men were huddled again conspiring in Krakow the very night the pope was murdered! And, this was not the only fatal tragedy uncovered in the 413 pages! Too many people who knew too much, too many people who sought to bring about a positive change, not just to the catholic church but to all of mankind met with their demise in the most unfortunate (if not peculiar) fashion. Albino Luciani wanted to condone birth control (not abortion). He sought to ordain women. He blessed the parents (and the child) of the first test tube baby. He had the audacity while a bishop and a cardinal to sell some of the churches antiques (to feed the poor, of all things), and he made no secret of it, he had every intention of selling a great deal of the Vatican art to do the very same thing! Sure, Wojtyla picked the name, John Paul II (how convenient, what a noble gesture), but he wasted little time to counteract everything his predecessor sought to bring about! Read the book, for there is so much more to be revealed! And, your mind will be filled with light and your soul with understanding!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total rubbish, 17 May 2014
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For those who are interested in conspiracy theories, this is a must buy.

For everyone else - save your money. Unless you want a good laugh.
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