The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

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Penguin, Feb 21, 2013 - Religion - 352 pages
The New York Times–bestselling inside look at one of the world’s most powerful and mysterious institutions

For more than twenty-five years, John Thavis held one of the most remarkable journalistic assignments in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. In The Vatican Diaries, Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place struggling to define itself in the face of internal and external threats, where Curia cardinals fight private wars and sexual abuse scandals threaten to undermine papal authority. Thavis (author of The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age) also takes readers through the politicking behind the election of Pope Francis and what we might expect from his papacy. The Vatican Diaries is a perceptive, compelling, and provocative account of this singular institution and will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the challenges faced by religion in an increasingly secularized world.
 

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User Review  - ashleytylerjohn - LibraryThing

An excellent, compelling account of Vatican politics by an author who self-evidently knows the subject extraordinarily well. It was perfect for a layperson like myself (a complete atheist who is ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

Quite an interesting look at the Vatican, about Popes Pius XII, John Paul, and Benedict, the pedophilia scandals, and the issues of homosexuality within the priesthood. Not having read any previous ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Bells
34
Nuestro Padre
71
Bones
119
Cat and Mouse
146
Latinist
185
The Pope Who Would Be Saint
202
Hemlines and Banana Peels 23 8
253
The Real Benedict
280
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
309
Acknowledgments
322
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John Thavis recently retired as the prizewinning chief of the Rome bureau of the Catholic News Service, where he had covered the Vatican since 1983. He divides his time between Minnesota and Rome. The Vatican Diaries is his first book.

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