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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Behind the Scenes at the Vatican. The Vatican Diaries by John Thavis

I enjoyed some of this book which consists of a series of articles about different subjects by a veteran Vatican journalist.  Thavis covers topics such as sexual scandals, gay priests and visits of important people to the Vatican.  Some of The Vatican Diaries is extremely amusing, such as President Bush's efforts to get the silent and intellectual Pope Benedict to talk.  I liked these parts of the book, but I wasn't especially interested in the article about the Legions of Christ.  I also found Thavis's opinion of Pope Benedict rather scathing.

This is a good book to read if you want more of an insight about the Vatican, and working as a journalist there.  Thavis has an excelllent blog, so do have a look at it.


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