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The Holy Father, with Rescriptum ex Audientia Ss.mi of 17 February 2020, established the “John Paul I Vatican Foundation”, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law and the fundamental Law of Vatican City State, thereby meeting the proposal to create an entity designated to study in depth the person, thought and teachings of his venerable Predecessor, Pope John Paul I – Albino Luciani (26 August 1978 – 28 September 1978) — and to promote the study and dissemination of his writings (cf. Statute, art. 1).

More particularly the Foundation aims to:

—  protect and preserve the cultural and religious patrimony left by Pope John Paul I

—  promote initiatives such as conferences, meetings, seminars, study sessions;

— institute awards and scholarships;

— curate the editorial work through the publication of study results and of its own research and that of third parties;

— to offer itself as a reference point, in Italy and abroad, for those who work in the same field and with the same objectives (Statute, art. 2).

Concurrently, the Supreme Pontiff has appointed as President of the Foundation H.E. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State. In implementing what is established by art. 4, paragraph 1 of the Statute, the said President has appointed as members of the Administrative Board, for the duration of a five-year term, the following persons: Dr. Stefania Falasca, who also assumes the role of Vice President of the Foundation; Cardinal Beniamino Stella; Msgr Andrea Celli; Fr Davide Fiocco; Dr. Lina Petri; Dr. Alfonso Cauteruccio.

In the performance of its activities the Foundation may avail itself of a Scientific Committee, composed of six members, chosen from among persons of proven competence and expertise, but with the possibility of being temporarily expanded for particular initiatives, projects, studies, research or consultations.