A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
On Sale: February 21, 2013
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A revealing, timely look at the reign of Pope Benedict,
the conclave, the papal election process by the cardinals,
and the history of one of the world’s oldest and most
For more than
twenty-five years John Thavis held one of the most
fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the
inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the
power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman
Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective
on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified
than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a
place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals
threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the
past is continually upended by the practical considerations
of modern life.
Thavis takes readers from a bell
tower high above St. Peter’s to the depths of the basilica
and the saint’s burial place, from the politicking
surrounding the election of a new pope and the ever-growing
sexual abuse scandals around the world to controversies
about the Vatican’s stand on contraception, and more.
Perceptive, sharply written, and witty, The
Vatican Diaries will appeal not only to Catholics
(lapsed as well as devout) but to any readers interested in
international diplomacy and the role of religion in an
increasingly secularized world.
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