The Vatican Prophecies

The Vatican Prophecies

Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age

Book - 2015
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"A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the Vatican investigates claims of miraculous events. Apocalyptic prophecies and miraculous apparitions are headline-grabbing events that often put the Catholic Church's concept 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 phenomena. Former journalist John Thavis uses his thirty years' experience covering the Vatican to shed light on this little-known process, revealing deep internal debates on the power of religious relics, private revelations, exorcisms, and more. Enlightening and accessible to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, the book illustrates the Church's struggle to balance the tension between traditional beliefs and contemporary skepticism." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525426899
Branch Call Number: 231.73 THAVI
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 24 cm
Notes: Includes index


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May 01, 2018

I am really enjoying this book. It is not a book with lots of predictions, as the title might infer. Rather it is a reporter’s look at how the Vatican views things like miracles, exorcisms, healings, appearances of Mary, etc. The author tells the history of these things and how the Catholic Church has changed their views on them over the years, as well as how things of a “supernatural” nature are verified by the church. It is well written and easy to follow, even for someone who is not Catholic. I will look for his other book, “The Vatican Diaries” for a future read.


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