The Vatican Diaries

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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-- New York Times 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.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101606308
1101606304
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: 3M Company
Summary: -- New York Times 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.

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ClaireM_W
Jun 25, 2013

Great writing. Full of juicy gossip about the powerful old boys' club.

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Jul 31, 2013

No bellsino pope.

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