Religion: Songs of a Poor Wren

"If I hadn't been a bishop, I would have wanted to be a I journalist," Albino Luciani once told an interviewer. Throughout his lifetime the new Pope has been a man of words, written and spoken, in sermons and interviews, in dozens of articles and several books. The samples below reveal a man with profound conservative instincts but a light touch and a sense of humor. They also show that, despite a parochial career, John Paul I has wide cultural interests:

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