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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Pope
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. He was known as the "Smiling Pope" and though his reign was the second shortest in history, only 33 days, he was loved the world over. This wonderful Pastor would have taken the Church back to its Gospel roots...
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by M. A. Ramos

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3.0 out of 5 stars History of the investigation into the murder of John Paul I
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...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Pope, 7 Oct 2007
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M. A. Ramos (Florida USA) - See all my reviews
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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. He was known as the "Smiling Pope" and though his reign was the second shortest in history, only 33 days, he was loved the world over. This wonderful Pastor would have taken the Church back to its Gospel roots where it belongs. He was truly a Man of God. And you could see from his 33 days as Pope that he would have been the greatest Pope ever in the eyes the world.

This book builds a very good case showing that Pope John Paul I was murdered, as many has always thought. It also exposes the corruption both within the Vatican and in the Diocese of Chicago during the years covered. All his research show ties between the Vatican, the Mafia and the Freemasons tied to financial corruption. Documented proof is uncovered and other governments have tired to act on them, but they are blocked by the Curia according to the book.

The author names those involved in the illegal and immoral acts and their motives and opportunity to have Pope John Paul I killed. The author leads the reader to see that it is no coincidence that the Pope was killed the evening before he was going to clean house. Though I was surprised by how obvious the cover-up and lies were according to what we read here. I highly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars History of the investigation into the murder of John Paul I, 30 Jan 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 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.

In 1985, the Vatican fabricated a `bio-brief' and distributed it through anonymous clergy in Catholic countries to dispel Yallop's claim of murder. To support death due to natural causes, the `fraud' claimed he had lived his life in such poor health as if a respirator was required to keep him alive from day to day. Conversely, he was an accomplished mountaineer requiring a powerful respiratory system; the six mounds in his coat-of-arms represent the six peaks for which holds the speed record. Nevertheless, this `fraud' has served as the framework for a flood of `biographies' written by various clergy since.

In 1988, Avro Manhattan wrote `The Dollar and the Vatican' in which he presents the hypothesis: The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of John Paul I. Unfortunately, Manhattan died before tribunal and other investigations into the surreptitious goings-on in the Vatican 1978-1981 proved his case. Manhattan wrote the all-time Vatican-bestseller The Vatican and World Politics.

In 1989, John Paul II commissioned John Cornwell to write 'A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican' to dispel rumors caused 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. He cites the testimony of courts that tried the Great Vatican Bank Scandal that proved the first transaction in the bank scandal 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 2013, Lucien Gregoire The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I --employing a barrage of testimony of the courts together with medical and criminology advancements not available to the others when they wrote their books--proves Avro Manhattan's thesis: The conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the Murder of Pope John Paul I.

This makes sense. Early in his papacy John Paul I announced his support for the revolution of the poor in Central America against the ruthless coalition of the United States and ruling Juntas going so far as to announce that he himself would lead the upcoming Puebla Conference in Mexico. Too, it was clear he was on rapid path to change doctrine in those cases it imposes unfair restrictions of the lives of innocent people: women, homosexuals, illegitimate children, etc. As he so profoundly put it in his acceptance speech: "...for God-given human life is infinitely more precious than is man-made doctrine."

John Paul II was just the opposite. Shortly after his election, the Polish Pope raised the first $383 million from unsuspecting investors in the Great Vatican Bank Scandal and transferred it to Nicaragua to finance the rising of the Contras to crush the revolution of the poor in Central America. What's more, he toured Central America telling the people to stop supporting the revolutionaries and defrocked priests who had led the revolution. Too, for the 27 years of his papacy he kept women, homosexuals and other oppressed peoples in their place.

By a remarkable turn of events, all this has come back to the first thing that came to mind on the heels of his assassination: John Paul's threat of economic movement toward Marxism in the west and liberal reformation within the Church.

Except for the Vatican fraud, these are all good books. Gregoire--a one-time acquaintance of the 33-day Pope--includes a complete biography of this pope in his book consistent with the bio-briefs in `In God's Name' and `A Thief in the Night.' The reason it is a much bigger book--two books in one book. Out-of-print Zottola-Pena novel is in Spanish only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book., 14 July 2014
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An excellent " Eye opener " and a reason why religion is NOT the answer. !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot to read - but the author has clearly researched his subject in great depth and doesn't pull any punches, 14 July 2014
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Wow! A lot to read - but the author has clearly researched his subject in great depth
and doesn't pull any punches. Pertinent in the light of the current pope's keenness
to clean up the Vatican and deal with it's Dark Side, the Vatican Bank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was like finding out there's no father Xmas all over again ..., 9 July 2014
Having been brought up a Catholic I found this book quite shocking . It was like finding out there's no father Xmas all over again but after much thought I realised that money is the root of all evil and the ways of the world had long since penetrated the Vatican. Granted the church cannot run on hail Mary's but allowing p2 to remain in the church is wrong. You can only worship one God. This book is a must read for all Catholics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute power corrupts absolutely, 26 Jun 2014
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Albino Luciani was doomed the moment he became Pope. It was a job he did not want, in fact he prayed to God that someone else would be elected rather than him. Albino was a scholar, a linguist, a family man and a man of great humility. As Patriach of Venice he was expected to embrace some of the rituals and monied splendour of the Roman Catholic church. He set them aside and went about his life as a normal working priest. When he became Pope he was faced with the Vatican involvement of the Mafia, the Freemason movement and International Banking. And that opened a very large can of worms.

David Yallop describes unemotionally, in great detail and with great clarity the events leading up to Albino Luciani's death and the events which took place during the following years. It is mindblowing stuff. There are photographs in the book of the bodies of men who met with violent deaths. David has written about horrifying events which were never meant to come to the public eye. I think he has been very brave to do so.

Once again I say 'Absolute power corrupts absolutely'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good in places, 10 Jun 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and it made a very compelling case for the claim that Pope John Paul 1 was murdered. However some of it was quite heavy-going, in particular the chapter that dealt with all the financial information, as I'm not a very financially-minded person. Also there were a lot of names to deal with (and remember) for future reference later on in the book.

I felt that it could have been a bit shorter as some of the parts after the Pope's death seemed to repeat a lot of information already covered.

Overall a very interesting and thought-provoking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 23 April 2014
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bought this for my husband and a few friends, everyone of them has said what a great book and well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review, 21 April 2014
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received the book in excellent condition and quite prompt also.
thank you for an absolutely brilliantly shocking read. a fantastic insight into corruption
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great piece of investigative writing, 31 Mar 2014
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This is my 4th copy having given previous 3 away to others to read! it is detailed, credible, and disturbing. Yallop writes with an engaging style and leads you by the hand through the arcane world of the Vatican on a mystery as convoluted as any fiction might conjure up
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