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Title: Secrets of the Vatican
Publisher: Arcturus foulsham
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The enduring heart of Roman Catholicism for over 1500 years, the Vatican is both a physical and a spiritual place. It is also the world’s smallest sovereign state–covering a mere square kilometer of land within Rome. But within that small area is a region rich in secrets, conspiracies, and intrigue. SECRETS OF THE VATICAN flings open the Vatican’s doors to reveal the hub of one of the world’s most powerful organizations.
The book profiles the Vatican’s political status as Europe’s last absolute dominion and its unique independence: Vatican City boasts its own citizenship, flap, postage stamp, mercenary security force, diplomatic corps, and cash machines that offer the Vatican Bank’s services–in Latin. The book also reveals how this tiny country runs its business from year to year–and why Vatican City has the highest crime rate per capita of any nation in the world.
The Vatican is the spiritual focus for the world’s one billion Catholics; it is also the focus of many less-than-spiritual conspiracy theories, ranging from allegations of press censorship, racketeering, and money-laundering to outright murder. SECRETS OF THE VATICAN examines the evidence behind these allegations and draws its own conclusions as to the Papacy’s continuing influence in the world.
Cyrus Shahrad is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to both national magazines and newspapers including the Sunday Times. His interest in Catholic history was sparked while studying English at Cambridge University, where he wrote his dissertation on religious persecution in Jacobean witchcraft plays. He has since visited the Vatican several times for research purposes and is currently working on a novel–his second–set partly within its walls.
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