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Vatican
Corrado Ricci
0766139417
June 2003
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Book Description
1914. A standard work on the Vatican, the great center of ancient and modern culture. A collection of illustrations, photographs and treatises by authors who were chosen for their particular expertise to do justice to the subject treated. Arranged into four parts entitled: history and general description of the Vatican palaces and gardens; state apartments and chapels; Vatican museums and collections and the mosaic factory; Vatican administration. Vastly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, many of which have never been seen before, illustrations, diagrams and plates.


The Secret Archives of the Vatican
Maria Luisa Ambrosini
0760701253
February 1996
Hardcover
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All the Pope's Men : The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks
John L. Allen Jr.
0385509669
July 13, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Allen, the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, offers an authoritative guide to the church's inner workings. Far from sensationalistic, this book provides a carefully balanced view of how the Catholic Church works—and sometimes doesn't—in the modern world. Allen, who is Catholic himself but does not see himself as a missionary or apologist for the church, is a fair and thorough reporter of ecclesial affairs who drew on four-plus years of covering the Vatican as well as 35 interviews with officials in the church bureaucracy to write this book. He begins with an overview of the Vatican, then debunks five myths—including, notably, the idea that power is concentrated solely in the Pope and that the Vatican is fantastically wealthy....


The General Councils
Christopher M. Bellitto
0809140195
Sept 2002
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Library Journal
Brilliant.

Religious Studies Review
This work's greatest value is is bringing together for undergraduates a useful summary of these councils.

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The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities: A Treasury of Trivia
Nino Lo Bello
076075862X
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the Publisher The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities offers over 500 tidbits of knowledge about one of the most fascinating countries in the world: the Vatican, and its most famous inhabitant: the Pope. This treasure trove of trivia has answers to questions about the pope and the Vatican that you didn't even know you had. This book will prove fascinating for Catholics - and trivia buffs of all backgrounds!


Renewing Christianity
Christopher M. Bellitto
0809140284
Sept 2001
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From Library Journal
In this brilliant work on the dynamics of reform and renewal in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, Bellitto presents a scholarly treatment of the language and principles that underlie the notion of reform. He also discusses how church reform has been evidenced through history. With a level of detail appropriate for both the scholar and the student, Bellitto (St. Joseph's Seminary; Nicolas de Clamanges) subsequently considers five specific periods and traces how the challenges of reform and renewal were played out. The historical periods include the Patristic Age, the Gregorian Revolution, the Reformation, the Age of Trent, and Vatican II. Eminent theologians such as Gerhart B. Ladner, Hubert Jedin, Jean-Yves Congar, and Cardinal Avery Dulles are frequently employed to substantiate further an ...


Inside the Vatican
Bart McDowell
0792252977
June 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA-- One of the most impressive books published by the National Geographic Society. Its large format highlights the superb photographs: views of the buildings, people, grounds, and art treasures that most readers will have never seen before. With its combination of readable text and outstanding pictures, it's the next best thing to being there.&-Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
"I was given the rare opportunity to lift the veil of privacy for a privileged look inside the Vatican," writes photographer James L. Stanfield in his foreword to this book. For nearly a year, seven days a week, Stanfield photographed virtually every corner of the 108.7-acre enclave that is both the...


The Making of the Pope: Inside the Vatican Conclave
Andrew M. Greeley
0316325600
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the author of the classic The Making of the Popes 1978 comes this singularly perceptive analysis of the events and political forces in the Catholic Church that led to the selection of Pope Benedict XVI—and what this choice means for Catholics today. The 2005 conclave offered a ripe opportunity for change. After twenty-six years under the leadership of the charismatic, socially conservative John Paul II, the Church was at a crossroads: American Catholics were increasingly dismissive of papal authority; Europe, according to the Vatican, was growing more and more secular; the largely conservative Catholics of the Third World appeared to be the Church’s future. The College of Cardinals faced a daunting task in selecting the next pope from a list of potential candidates that ran as high as twenty just...


The Art of the Vatican
Mary Knight Potter
1417923857
May 2004
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Book Description
1902. Illustrated. Contents: The Vatican Palace; Chapel of Nicholas V; The Borgia Apartments; The Sistine Chapel; The Stanze of Raphael; Raphael's Loggie; Raphael's Tapestries; The Sculpture Galleries; and The Pinacoteca. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.


Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes
Eamon Duffy
0300091656
April 2002
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Book Review
Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes, by Eamon Duffy, is a wonder of comprehensive compression--a sumptuously illustrated, one-volume history of one of the most influential human institutions in world history. Duffy's lively portraits of the 261 scholars, scoundrels, and spiritual guides who have led the Roman Catholic Church are embedded in six historical essays that proceed chronologically from St. Peter to John Paul II. Duffy, a reader in church history and fellow at Cambridge, writes in the mannered yet affable tone of an avuncular English don. His narrative and arguments convey his own Catholic conviction that "the story of the popes is a crucial dimension of the providential care of God for humankind throughout history." Yet he also offers candid assessments of papal moral failings, including spectacular failures...


The Vatican to Vegas
Norman M. Klein
1565848039
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This vast and lavish study by Klein, a professor at the California Institute of the Arts, more than fulfills the promise of its title, but it is less a straightforwardly technical "history of special effects" Hollywood style than an account of history as special effect, as mediated spectacle and controlled illusion. There is almost no end to the ingenuity, Klein argues, with which the powerful have used every technical and aesthetic means at their disposal to stage-manage reality, from the court masques of Jacobean England to the Magic Kingdoms of Orange County. Klein (The History of Forgetting; Bleeding Through) offers the reader a panorama of deception and sleight-of-hand as richly detailed as one of the rococo wonderments he describes. In detailing the complex history of what he describes as "one's fondest...


Michelangelo: The Vatican Frescoes
Pierluigi De Vecchi, Gianluigi Colalucci
0789201429
February 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
The restoration of Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel stirred up much controversy and debate among scholars, art historians, and art lovers alike. Originally painted in the late 15th century, it took restorers 14 painstaking years (from 1981 to 1995) to remove the centuries' worth of dust and decay that had obscured the frescoes' brilliant colors and intricate designs. In 250 gorgeous full-color photographs, this unique and beautiful volume presents Michelangelo's restored chapel--perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Renaissance art--in its entirety, from the Creation to the Last Judgment, both before and after cleaning. The only definitive study of the restoration process, this book is the next best thing to actually being there.

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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
0142003697
November 2003
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Book Review
Almost 500 years after Michelangelo Buonarroti frescoed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the site still attracts throngs of visitors and is considered one of the artistic masterpieces of the world. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling unveils the story behind the art's making, a story rife with all the drama of a modern-day soap opera.

The temperament of the day was dictated by the politics of the papal court, a corrupt and powerful office steeped in controversy; Pope Julius II even had a nickname, "Il Papa Terrible," to prove it. Along with his violent outbursts and warmongering, Pope Julius II took upon himself to restore the Sistine Chapel and pretty much intimidated Michelangelo into painting the ceiling even though the artist considered himself primarily a sculptor and was particularly unfamiliar with...



The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities: A Treasury of Trivia
Nino Lo Bello
0764801716
February 1998
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Book Description
You'll find the answers to nearly 200 questions in this cornucopia of interesting, unusual, and intriguing facts about the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.

Inside Flap Copy
Which pope was a speed demon? What is the pope's salary? Here is a non-sacred treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and little-known tidbits about the Vatican and the popes, not only for the 700 million Catholics in the world but also for people of other faiths. Includes a time-line of significant dates in Church history, and a glossary of Vatican terms. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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History of Vatican II
Giuseppe Alberigo
1570750491
Jan 1996
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian


History of Vatican II
Giuseppe Alberigo
1570751471
Nov 1997
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Altars and Altarpieces of New St. Peter's : Outfitting the Basilica, 1621-1666 (Monuments of Papal Rome)
Louise Rice, et al
0521554705
January 13, 1998
Hardcover
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Review
'Rice's book is carefully researched and represents 'traditional' art history at its best ... a series of essays on the history, iconography and documents of every commission, in many cases resulting in the most comprehensive information available on each work.' Times Literary Supplement
' ... excellent ... magestical organisation and a style which is always transparent.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Review
"[an] innovative and lavishly illustrated book...There are detailed descriptions and subtle analyses of each painting, including well-documented accounts of the work's critical afterlife and deeply nuanced evaluations of color, composition, iconography, and psychological imapct." Renaissance Quarterly

"smooth, elegant, and detailed." Speculuma Jrnl of Medieval Studies ...



Documents of the Vatican Council
Austin Flannery (Editor)
0918344379
May 1996
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The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia
Paul L. Williams
1591020654
May 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Burdened by a lurid title, this is a short history of the politics and finances of the Vatican during the last hundred years. As in his Complete Idiot's guides to the Crusades and to the lives of the saints, Williams displays an ability to compress a great deal of information in a short, highly readable way. His main argument is that the current financial strength of the Roman Catholic Church as well as many of its problems began in 1929 with the signing of the Lateran Treaty, in which a financially besieged Pope Pius XI exchanged recognition and support of Mussolini's Fascist government for more than $90 million and the establishment of the Vatican as a sovereign state. Williams traces how the Vatican's new emphasis on financial stability led it into other morally questionable financial arrangements with Adolf...


History of Vatican II
Giuseppe Alberigo
1570751536
July 2000
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Concise History of the Catholic Church
Thomas Bokenkotter
0385516134
August 2005
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Book Description
Expanded and updated for the new millennium.

Covering the life of Christ, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and everything in between, A Concise History of the Catholic Church has been one of the bestselling religious histories of the past two decades and a mainstay for scholars, students, and others looking for a definitive, accessible history of Catholicism. With a clarity that will appeal to any reader, Thomas Bokenkotter divides his study into five parts that correspond to the major historical and epochal developments in Catholicism. His authoritative, thorough approach takes readers from the Church’s triumph over paganism, through "the sound and fury of renewal," to a new section devoted to such topics as dissent and current developments in the ecumenical movement. Informative...


Church as Communion
Giuseppe Alberigo
1570751544
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Pope's Army: 500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard
Robert Royal
0824523954
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
With the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the world again witnessed the pomp and honor of the Swiss Guard, the Pope's Army. Bestselling author and Crisis columnist Robert Royal recounts the colorful history of the military guard that has witnessed every major Vatican event for half a millennium.


The Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration
Michael Hirst, et al
0810938405


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From Publishers Weekly
Completed earlier this year, the lengthy and painstaking restoration of Michelangelo's 16th-century frescoes in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel removed layers of soot, varnish and grime, revealing his hidden intents, clarity of form and harmonious color schemes. Featuring nearly 300 color photographs by Takashi Okamura, this impressive album documents the restored ceiling and wall frescoes--depicting biblical scenes, the prophets and sibyls and the Last Judgment --in all their primordial force. Specialized, academic essays by 10 Italian, British and American art historians, curators and restorers investigate the construction of the Chapel over a medieval building on the same site, Michelangelo's preparatory drawings, his use of color, the sources of imagery for the costumes worn by the Ancestors of Christ, etc....


The Gallery of Maps in the Vatican
Lucio Gambi, Francoise Pouncey Chiarini (Translator)
0807614254
October 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
When in Rome, do as Pope Gregory XIII did, and steep yourself in the early history of Italy through a series of 40 intricate, charming maps designed by Egnazio Danti in 1580 for the Vatican Palace. According to Lucio Gambi, the author of this definitive text, Danti "was assisted by a throng of painters and stuccoworkers" in completing the work. The maps, which line a mammoth 20-by-400-foot hallway, are more like bird's-eye views, with sailing ships, soldiers' tents, medieval battlements, and cypress trees dotting the hillsides. An anonymous poet, celebrating the gallery's opening, wrote, "Each region is placed under its ruling planet and occupies an entire panel which shows the cities, castles, and villages with their streets and houses huddled together. Neither are the rivers forgotten, nor the springs, steep...


The History of Vatican II Volume V
Guiseppe Alberigo
1570751552
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Myth of Hitler's Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis
David G. Dalin
0895260344
July 2005
Hardcover
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Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
This is a stunning book. I wish I had known more of this material years ago.

Book Description
In Rabbi David G. Dalin's controversial new book, he explodes the newly resurrected, widely accepted, yet utterly bankrupt smearing of Pope Pius XII, whom Jewish survivors of the Holocaust considered a righteous gentile.

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