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

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Little of the book is salacious. It's just laid out like a well-reported story. As Thavis writes in the introduction, "This is a book of fact, not fiction."
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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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About John Thavis

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JOHN THAVIS recently retired as the prizewinning Rome bureau chief of Catholic News Service, a position he had held since 1983. In 2007 the Catholic Press Association awarded him the St. Francis de Sales Award, the highest honor given by the Catholic press. He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Penguin Books. 340 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 13 2012

Not only provocative, this report is illuminating and fully accessible to members of the faith and doubters alike.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 25 2013

Given such insight, readers may wish that Thavis had provided his own perspective on if, and how, he kept his own faith while working in such an environment.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Feb 21 2013

Nearly three decades of reporting from the Vatican, spanning the reigns of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, enliven this insider’s account.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Craig Wilson on Feb 20 2013

Little of the book is salacious. It's just laid out like a well-reported story. As Thavis writes in the introduction, "This is a book of fact, not fiction."

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