Find the answer to these and nearly 200 other questions in this vast cornucopia of interesting, unusual, and intriguing facts and minutiae about the seat of the Roman Catholic religion (Vatican City) and the popes who have reigned there.
Drawing on almost three decades of experience as a journalist covering Italy and in particular the Vatican, Lo Bello entertains the reader on every page with trivia and fascinating anecdotes.
The book also features more in-depth Vaticaniain essays that explore such topics as:
• exorcism and the Vatican
• the process of making a saint
• the Vatican's involvement in the film industry
• "la Popessa" (the most powerful woman in Vatican history)
Appendices provide both a glossary of Vatican terminology and significant dates in Catholic Church history.
Nino Lo Bello is the author of ten previous books. For eight years, Lo Bello was Italian correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and for more than a quarter-century served as special correspondent to the International Herald Tribune.
|By:||Lisa's into Trivia (LA, CA, August 25, 2011)|
|Review:||This is definitely a "treasury of trivia" with some of the most curious facts. It is fun just to read straight, but also as a conversation starter over dinner. I bought a copy for myself and one as a gift for my grandfather. He read it straight through, then read it again. He loved it! Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Travel Reading; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, fun, Informative|
|By:||Waleska Barbara (Waleska, GA, August 19, 2010)|
|Review:||This was a fun read! Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Reference, Travel Reading, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Informative, Page-Turner|