Pope John Paul I, who served as pope for 33 days in 1978, is seen in this photo released by the Vatican Dec. 7, 2010, to highlight the restoration of its photo archive. In an April 28 statement, the John Paul I Vatican Foundation announced the recovery of a collection of the late pope's writings. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY | Pope John Paul I’s time as pope, although brief, remains an important example of the beauty and simplicity of faith, Pope Francis said.

In a preface to a new collection of his predecessor’s teachings and writings, Pope Francis wrote that God, through the late pontiff’s short pontificate, “found a way to show us that the only treasure is faith, the simple faith of the apostles.”

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