Good Read: The Vatican Diaries

Sunday, April 14, 2013

vatican diariesFor the number of religions and religious and spiritual groups in the world, one group seems to attract more attention than others. The media has long since been fascinated with the Catholic Church–scandal or not. All eyes have been on Vatican City recently, first for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement, then the election of the new pope–the conclave, and the official induction ceremony. Now every move the chosen pontiff, Pope Francis, former Cardinal Jorge Bergiglio, makes, has people turning heads. Washing the feet of a woman and people of different denominations at Holy Thursday service, blessing a guide dog at his first press conference, lifting a young American boy with cerebral palsy from his mother’s arms and kiss him on the head during an audience.

Since his induction on March 19, attention has not left the seat of power, and many media outlets have been spinning the new Bishop of Rome as the one who will bring transparency and honesty to the church.

In a new book by veteran Vatican journalist John Thavis, it’s revealed that the inner workings of the church may not be as secret as many think–one just needs to know where to look. Thavis takes readers inside the walls of the Vatican to reveal things that stand to humanize the church that is seen as such a superpower. He shares his experiences, observations and opinions gained from almost three decades of covering the Vatican, from flying on the papal plane to the sex abuse scandals, Thavis stirs up some Vatican events that many have forgotten, others that were covered from every angle, and some that probably went unheard by the vast public until now.

The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the- Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church is a recommended read for every Catholic, every journalist, or anyone with a taste for history, humor and a dose of reality.

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