Remembering the Smiling Pope (Last of Two Parts)

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


ON THE eve of his murder, Pope John Paul I discussed a sensitive issue to his closest adviser, Cardinal Jean Villot. He was firm on his stand to reverse the teaching of Pope Paul VI in “Humane Vitae.” The Pope would want to meet the delegates of the US government to discuss on the matter involving population control. Pope John Paul I entertained the idea of welcoming the birth control methods not prescribed by the Catholic Church.

This birth control issue is still a hot topic in our church. The Catholic Church has even made a dividing line for those who belong to “Team Patay” or “Team Buhay.” Our diocese is in the front line. This made the day of the politicians who are involved. Let us go back to the murder issue. David Yallop in his book mentioned of six conspirators (as alleged) who could be responsible for the early death of the “Smiling Pope.” Cardinal Jean Villot, the Secretary of State, was blamed by many for allegedly taking an active part in the conspiracy to murder the Pope.

It was further alleged that Pope John Paul I did not only collide with the men behind the Vatican Bank but he also stepped on the toes of the 121 members of the Roman Curia who are members of the secret Masonic lodges. These operate like a cult and have “mercenaries” who are ready to kill or be killed. The Pope made his seat hotter when he decided to dismiss the associates around him who are the “womini di fiducia” (Man of Confidence). It should be well remembered that as long as the Pope’s moves are not done publicly, they cannot be binding and this could be stopped if he is dead.

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The man (or the men) behind the murder of the Pope gave him that night (Sept. 28, 1978) an overdose of “digitalis.” It is like a poison just like what we see in the television series, “The Borgias” (the story of Pope Alexander and his family). This “digitalis” will do the trick as if there is no sign of foul play and the cause of death can only be determined through an autopsy which is not allowed by the church law. Those who look into the time of the death of the Pope could not agree on one thing. Some said 11 pm. (Sept. 28), while others declared that it was between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. (Sept. 29).

Pope John Paul I was found dead by Sister Vincenza at 4:45 am. He had a contorted face and on top of the table near his bed is an open bottle of Effortil, a liquid medication for his low blood pressure. Cardinal Villot was informed by Sister Vincenza. Villot removed the items near the Pope’s bed. The Pope’s Will disappeared also. None of the items were even found again. Villot called the embalmers to come. The embalming has to be performed even before the Vatican authorities or medical doctors arrived to resuscitate the Pope.

When Pope Paul VI died, he was embalmed after 24 hours to comply with the law of Italy. Pope John Paul I was embalmed within 12 hours. The Vatican staff and close friends of the Pope were questioning the rush to embalm. The visitors who came to see the Pope were shocked to see him. He got a twisted and agonized face. David Yallop made intensive interviews to the persons related to the incident and he concluded that there was really a cover-up.

All the items owned by Pope John Paul I were removed from his apartment. That was a part of the master plan to really leave no evidence even the world does not agree to the report. I am saying this because it seems that Pope Francis is trying to be like Pope John Paul I (just in some concerns). To date, there are questions that have not been answered yet. The answers are still somewhere else.

How could the cause of death by heart attack be determined without autopsy? The people around the Pope were in a hurry in burying the body? Why were the Pope’s personal items taken? Is there really a foul play? Good luck Pope Francis. We will pray for your safety always. “Timor mortis morte peior.” The fear of death is worse than death.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 21, 2014.

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