The Testament of Pope Paul VI
is a document
written by Pope Paul VI
, similar to a civilian last will and testament
. It was modeled after the papal testaments of Pope Paul VI's predecessors. Pope Paul VI's document in turn became the model used for the Testament of Pope John Paul II
The document, written in Italian, contains an explanation of several decisions made by Pope Paul VI as to the disposal of his estate
and personal belongings of value. It was read before the College of Cardinals
by the Camerlengo Jean-Marie Villot
and Dean of the College of Cardinals Carlo Confalonieri
Some notes for my testament.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
1. I fix my gaze on the mystery of death, and on what follows it, in the light of Christ which alone can brighten it, and for this reason with simple and serene trust. I recognize the truth, which for me has always reflected on present life regarding this mystery, and I bless the victor over death for having escaped its shadows and unveiled the light. Thus before death, in total and definitive separation from the present life, I feel the duty to celebrate the gift, the good fortune, the beauty, the destiny of this very fleeting existence. Lord, I thank you that you have called me to life, and still more that, by making me a Christian, you have regenerated and destined me for the fullness of life.
Likewise I feel the duty to thank and to bless those who were mediators for me of the gifts of... Read More