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- DescriptionApocalyptic prophecies and miraculous apparitions are headline-grabbing events that often put the Catholic Church's doctrine of rational faith at odds with the passion of its more zealous followers. To some, these claims teeter on the edge of absurdity. Others see them as evidence of a private connection with God. For the Vatican, the issue is much more nuanced, as each supposed miraculous event could have serious theological and political consequences. In response, the Vatican has developed a highly secretive and complex evaluation system to judge the authenticity of supernatural phemena. Former journalist, John Thavis, uses his 30 years' experience covering the Vatican to shed light on this little-kwn process, revealing deep internal debates on the power of religious relics, private revelations, exorcisms and more. Enlightening and accessible to Catholics and n-Catholics alike, the book illustrates the Church's struggle to balance the tension between traditional beliefs and contemporary scepticism.
- Author BiographyIn 2012 John Thavis retired as the prize-winning Rome bureau chief of Catholic News Service, the world's largest and oldest religious news agency. . In addition to Vatican coverage, Thavis has written extensively on religious affairs in Europe and the Middle East, winning awards for his first-hand reporting on war in the Balkans.
- Author(s)John Thavis
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication15/09/2015
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1899
- ImprintE P Dutton & Co Inc
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
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