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Photo and document exhibition on the life of Pope Luciani
At the priest’s house in Canale d'Agordo you can visit the photo and document exhibition on Pope John Paul I, the Servant of God. It was mounted after the Apostolic Visit of John Paul II to the village of his predecessor on 26 August 1979 on the initiative of the Committee for the Realization of Works in honour of Pope Luciani of that period. The exhibition was mounted in the rooms of the parish house, renovated in 1988, in 1998 and in spring 2008, on the occasion of the 30° election and death anniversary of the Supreme Pontiff. It replaces temporarily the apposite and future Museum, entirely dedicated to pope Luciani.
During the summers 1924 up to 1934, young seminarian Albino Luciani often went to visit Rev. Filippo Carli, the archpriest and deacon of Canale d'Agordo from 1919 to 1934, year of his death. From his parish priest, young Albino inherited the passion for catechism, love for simple writing and speaking, a voracious interest in the reading of every kind of books. And because of this latter inclination, the wise Carli entrusted the student Luciani with the reorganization and the cataloguing of the 15th- century library of the parish. Young Albino carried out this task with diligence and ability between summer 1929 and 1931 and produced a precious self-made catalogue in which all the books present in the library are listed. This catalogue still exists and is visible in the former closets and it contains his comments.
In the main room of the library, you can see, besides the books, the original notebook of the catalogue, the objects belonging to Rev. Filippo Carli and a small suitcase young Albino used to enter the seminary on 17 October 1923.
The photo collection, displayed on different boards, shows the main steps in Albino Luciani’s life: his birth and pontificate, favouring his infancy and the election to Supreme Pontiff. After the first years of life of the future Pontiff, there is a collection of photos concerning his stay at the seminaries of Feltre and Belluno, his first years as a clergyman in Canale, Agordo and Belluno, his episcopate in Vittorio Veneto (1958-1969) – during which he took part into the Vatican Council II along with two other council fathers of the parish of Canale d'Agordo, Father Saba De Rocco, General Father of the Somaschi Order and Rev. Giovanni Battista Costa, prelate bishop of Porto Velho in Brazil. Then there is the period when he was Patriarch of Venice (1969-1978), Cardinal(1973-1978) and at least Pope (26 August-28 September 1978).
There is also a series of documents, such as the baptism register of pope Luciani, his fourth-class copybook at primary school, the pictures of his first mass, his first books, the prophetic letters on his election to Pope and other papers along with a collection of clothes worn by Albino Luciani. In fact, besides the objects which belonged to Rev. Filippo Carli, you can admire a collection of clothes used by John Paul I, as for example three canon and pope cassocks, a chasuble, his personal chalice, his pastoral, the papal slippers, his priest biretta.
At the entrance, you can also admire Albino Luciani’ s family tree from the 16th century, a work by Claudio Scardanzan, as well as the precious numismatic collection, given to the exhibition by Nicolino Luciani as a gift.