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Angels & Demons
Dan Brown
0671027360
July 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society,...



The Secret Archives of the Vatican
Maria Luisa Ambrosini
0760701253
February 1996
Hardcover
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Angels & Demons
Dan Brown
0743486226
July 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary...



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!


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....


Angels and Demons
Dan Brown
1416524797
March 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary...



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 Pope's Army : 500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard
Robert Royal
0824523954
February 1, 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.


Michelangelo
Marcia B. Hall
0810935309
Nov 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Anyone who's experienced neck pain while gazing at the stunning frescoes of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel will see the value in Hall's book. The author, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, presents revealing commentary to accompany Okamura's 157 dazzling, full-color photographs, which were taken after the frescoes' decade-long restoration in the 1980s. The book displays each fresco from the Creation scenes to the Last Judgment; some even have zoomed-in versions that show detail as fine as specks of dust on Saint John the Baptist's beard. Hall's presentation of Michelangelo's masterwork is comprehensive; in addition to explicating each component (e.g., how the fresco of Saint Catherine and Saint Blaise, which originally "invited bawdy jokes," was altered after the artist's death), she also describes the...


Secrets of Angels & Demons: The Unauthorized Guide To The Bestselling Novel
Dan Burstein (Contributor), Arne de Keijzer (Editor)
1593151403
December 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Set against the backdrop of beautiful Baroque Rome, Secrets of Angels & Demons takes you inside the Vatican to see how the process of conclave and papal selection really works – and who may be elected the next time white smoke is seen at the Vatican. Readers will explore the world of Bernini, master artist of the Baroque era, and the secret meanings behind his symbolism…What really happened in the trial of Galileo…The impact of the Illuminati, the Freemasons, and other secret societies on European and American history…The real state if the art antimatter technology…The centuries-old debate between science and religion. Building on the model they created for Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code, editors Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer now take...


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...


Vatican II
Alan Schreck
0867166096
June 2005
Paperback
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The Holy Bible, Garnet
Vatican Library
1570362998


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Documents of the Vatican Council
Austin Flannery (Editor)
0918344379
May 1996
Paperback
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Hitler and the Vatican
Peter Godman
0743245970
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
While he purports to defend the Vatican against "polemics" and "moralists," Godman's account of the Vatican's failure to oppose Hitler, based on recently released documents, is in some ways as damning as Goldhagen's A Moral Reckoning. He focuses on the 1930s and two men, Pope Pius XI and his secretary of state, Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII. Neither man comes off well, bound as they were by legalisms, propriety and an almost obsessive desire to maintain the facade of reciprocity embodied in the Vatican's Concordat with Nazi Germany. Both fully recognized that Nazism was incompatible with Christian doctrine, and therein lies the real tragedy of Godman's well-told tale. While Godman, a Vatican scholar and member of the Church's Committee for the Archives of the Holy Office, paints portraits of two...


How to Be Pope: What to do and Where to Go Once You're in the Vatican
Piers Marchant
0811852210
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Congratulations, Your Holiness, and welcome to your first day at the Holy See. After being elected by the College of Cardinals, you'll need to don the papal vestments and get right to work. Armed with this manual, compiled over the last 2,000 years, you'll be able to navigate the Why's, How's, and Who's of your new life as Pontifex Maximus. What is your official job title? Why do you need to choose a papal name? Who does your laundry? While the church has long maintained an aura of complete secrecy to outsiders, the facts, figures, and historical anecdotes found here give the crucial information you'll need to fulfill your papal duties. Detailed diagrams reveal significant locations within the Vatican—where to buy gas, where to mail a letter, St. Martha's House—while helpful illustrations demonstrate how...


Rome & Vatican Travel Pack
Fiona Nichols
184330192X
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The highly successful Globetrotter Travel series, which includes guides, maps and atlases, presently covers more than 80 destinations worldwide. The packs are excellent value, including both a guidebook and a soft cover of the foldout Globetrotter map of the region, in a printed plastic wallet.


Latin Grammar: Grammar Vocabularies and Exercises in Preparation for the Reading of the Missal and Breviary
Cora C. Scanlon, et al
0895550024
June 1976
Paperback
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Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
0142003697
November 2003
Paperback
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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 Catholic Revolution
Andrew M. Greeley
0520244818
May 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Greeley may be better known as a novelist than a sociologist, but in this latest book he is in full professional stride, offering studied observations on his Church in the years since the landmark Second Vatican Council (196265). As the title suggests, Greeley proposes that a revolution has occurred since the heady days of Vatican II. In fact, he likens the actions that made change possible to the storming of the Bastille. Vatican II's reforms were modest, Greeley believes, yet were "too much for the rigid structures of 19th-century Catholicism to absorb." In short, he says, the new wine burst the old wineskins. He attributes this to the Church's failure to adjust its rhetoric and style to educated contemporary Catholics who no longer blindly obey the directives of Church authorities. Thus, he writes, Church...


Angels and Demons: Special Illustrated Edition
Dan Brown
0743275063
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary...



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.

Antique & Auction News,...


The Vatican
William W. Lace
1560068434
Dec 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Gr. 7-12. Like other captivating entries in the Building History series, this title uses the story of a monumental structure to expand on cultural and political history. Writing in accessible, straightforward language, Lace begins with St. Peter's arrival in Rome and moves swiftly forward through the centuries, offering a brisk overview of the Papacy, the structures that each pope contributed to the Vatican, and the artists who were commissioned to create them. Quotes from Michelangelo and others, fascinating details, and intriguing mysteries (the exact location of St. Peter's tomb, for example) will draw readers easily into the text, while sidebars further explore historical events and Roman Catholic terms. Black-and-white reproductions of maps, etchings, and portraits mix with a central section of glossy color...


Angels and Demons [LARGE PRINT]
Dan Brown
0739326759
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary...



City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican
John Follain
0060935138
December 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
On May 4, 1998, Col. Alois Estermann, commander of the Swiss Guards, the Vatican force that protects the pope, was found shot dead in his apartment inside Vatican City, along with his wife. Also shot dead in the room was a young Swiss guardsman, Cedric Tornay. Three hours after the bodies were discovered, the Vatican released a statement naming Tornay as the killer, his motive a "fit of madness." Not so fast, thought Follain, author (Jackal, etc.) and Rome-based correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, who also figured that investigating the story would allow him insight into Vatican ways. This book presents his findings, written as a first-person investigation. This technique generates moderate suspense, as Follain follows up leads, interviews tangential figures in the case (the man who succeeded Estermann...


Pirates and the Lost Templar Fleet
David Hatcher Childress
1931882185
Sept 2003
Paperback
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The Great Facade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Roman Catholic Church
Christopher A. Ferrara, et al
1890740101
June 15, 2002
Paperback
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Jeffrey Rubin, editor, Conservative Book Club
"Superb--best analysis of the present, parlous state of the Church I've read.... Utterly persuasive."

Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D., author, _Christ in the Voting Booth_
"Must reading. Will be used as a tool in the decades ahead."

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