Feb 27, 2013 — John Thavis covered the Vatican from Rome for nearly 30 years while working for the Catholic News Service. In his new book, The Vatican Diaries, he describes a place much less organized and hierarchical than the public imagines.
Aug 5, 2011 — Absolute Monarchs — John Norwich's history of the papacy — spends a third week on the list.
Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 17, 2005 — Some Catholics have called for the immediate canonization of Pope John Paul II. But according to the rules, that can't happen for at least five years. Father Richard McBrien, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, describes the road to sainthood.