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A Prophetic Pope
John Paul I's writings in a new edition

NEW YORK, NY (September 24, 2014) - A year after its first release, the collection of the pre-papal writings of Pope John Paul I, A Passionate Adventure: Living the Catholic Faith Today, edited and translated by Lori Pieper, is about to be reissued in a new edition with a preface by Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Dr. Pieper, writes: "These works show the many sides of Pope John Paul I. He was known as 'the smiling Pope' and with his warmth he was as appealing to people as Pope Francis is. He showed how it was possible to live the faith as an adventure, out of a passionate love of God. But more than that, as a bishop, Albino Luciani was really a prophet for our time in regard to many areas of present concern in the Church, including the importance of the universal call to holiness and the apostolate of the laity, the 'hermeneutic of reform in continuity,' bioethics and in-vitro fertilization, and above all the New Evangelization which he anticipated and put into practice in his pastoral work as a bishop."

The book contains, along with a short biography of the Pope, 38 sermons, articles, essays, synod interventions, talks and interviews, dating from 1959 to 1978, when Luciani was Bishop of Vittorio Veneto and Patriarch of Venice. Dr. Pieper did the translations over the course of many years as part of the team publishing the English-language edition of Humilitas, the quarterly publication on John Paul I.

Dr. Pieper says, "I'm happy that the publication of the book will concide with the consigment of the last part of the Positio for the cause of John Paul I's canonization to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in October, during the Synod of Bishops on the Family and around the time of the beatification of Pope Paul VI. This is fitting, because Luciani was a great proponent of Catholic teaching on the family and the transmission of life. The book includes his pastoral letter in 1968 supporting Paul VI on Humane Vitae. He was prophetic in regard to IVH as Paul was to contraception. He foresaw the dehumanization of the 'baby-manufacturing' industry that IVH has brought into being. What he wrote about this has been misunderstood and distorted because the interview he gave on the first 'test-tube baby' in July 1978 has not been available in its entirety. That complete interview too is included in the book."

As a bishop, Luciani took on the challenges that secularism presented to the faith of Catholics in the period immediately before, during and after the Second Vatican Council; most of them are still with us today. In a vivid and original style, he offers his reflections on the first Year of Faith in 1967-68, and the mysteries of Catholic belief such as the Incarnation and Redemption, the Eucharist, the Cross, death and eternal life. He also speaks of evangelization and catechesis, birth control and abortion, faith and science, the meaning of the Church, the papal Magisterium, pluralism, ecumenism, prayer, devotion to Our Lady, and above all, becoming saints.

The book is available in paperback and ebook formats from Tau Cross Books and Media and will go on sale September 28. It will be available at taucrossbooks.com, on Amazon and other outlets.

About the Translator:

Lori Pieper, OFS obtained her PhD in Medieval History from Fordham University. Her historical books include The Greatest of These in Love: the Life of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (2007 and 2013). She has had articles published in a number of periodicals, including Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Digest and L'Osservatore Romano, Her translations also appeared in The Smiling Pope: The Life and Teaching of Pope John Paul I, published by Our Sunday Visitor in 2004. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tau Cross Books and Media. A member of the Secular Franciscan Order, she lives and works in the Bronx, New York.

For more information, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview with Lori Pieper, please contact her at (646) 938-0432 or at editor@taucrossbooks.com.

Contact

Tau Cross Books and Media
http://www.taucrossbooks.com
NY, 10468 US
Lori Pieper - Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, (646) 938-0432

Keywords

John Paul I, Faith, New Books, Spirituality, Church, Theology, Vatican II

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