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The Incredible Book of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities: A Treasury of Trivia [Paperback]

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Pages   234
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 1997
Publisher   Liguori Publications
ISBN  0764801716  
EAN  9780764801716  


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What's the pope's salary? Has a pope ever been impeached? Who was Pope Joan? Have there ever been married popes? Which pope was exhumed for a public trial? 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)

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What's the pope's salary? Has a pope ever been impeached? Who was Pope Joan? Have there ever been married popes? Which pope was exhumed for a public trial?
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, including the New York Times bestseller "The Vatican Empire, Vatican U.S.A., European Detours, The Vatican Papers, Nino Lo Bello's Guide to Offbeat Europe, " and "Nino Lo Bello's Guide to the Vatican." 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.

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A Fun Book Taken with a Grain of Salt  Dec 12, 2007
There are a few errors and a few contradictions, but overall this is a fun book. Not what I would call scholarly reseach. In fact, I would have only given it three stars but it was so difficult to put it down, it earned the fourth.
 
Fun little book, but not source-worthy  Aug 28, 2006
It's an enjoyable little read, and I think it was a pious undertaking by a nice Catholic man, but the book is littered with errors.

For example, the author wrote in one part that there are 700 million Catholics. However, by the time this book was written, the population of our Church had already reached one billion. This is a simple fact that any scholar knows. So if the author could get that simple detail wrong, what other mistakes might be in there? That's just one of the errors I found, and it's so extremely basic to the point that it's very discouraging to the book as a whole that this fact could have been gotten wrong.

As always, if you do a paper, use multiple sources. If you choose to write a paper on the Vatican and you want to use this book as a source, just be aware that you should use other sources to back it up.

But, for fun reading, this is a good book filled with delightful anectodes. It's not a bad buy.
 
Dissapointing  Sep 23, 2005
I was expecting a book of fun facts and trivia. What I got was a badly printed pamphlet filled with Catholic propoganda. Not worth the paper it was printed on.
 
What size shoe did Jesus wear?  Jun 19, 2005
If I were a pregnant Roman, there is one challenge in this treasury of trivia that I would not be able to resist. According to the author, Nino Lo Bello, no baby has ever been born in the Vatican. (The timing would have to be just right, but here's some mother-to-be's chance to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.)

Actually, I was rather surprised that no infants at all had been born in the Vatican since some of the popes were not exactly celibate. This author mentions a few who had mistresses and children. He does not skip over the immoral bits, but this book is sweetly gossipy rather than malicious. I can't understand why Vatican officials would have a problem with it. I mean, it could easily make the reading list in a convent. The anecdote that I found most startling concerned the late Pope John Paul II: one of the first things he did upon ascending to the Throne of St. Peter was watch back-to-back showings of "The Exorcist."

Here is a sample of the type of questions you will find answered in this book:

* What size shoe did Jesus wear?

* Over what did the Vatican go to 'war' with another ministate [San Marino in 1978]?

* Which European queen is buried in the Vatican?

* Why didn't Sam Snead get his putter blessed by the Pope?

* Which U.S. comedian was arrested at the Vatican?

Do not neglect to read this book's appendixes, as these are where you will find some of the best anecdotes. The author relaxes out of the question-and-answer format of the previous 162 pages and tells some very interesting stories. One of my favorites is "John Paul II Gives Galileo a Second Chance." There is also a fascinating appendix on "The Making of a Saint," although this author contradicts John Cornwell (author of "Hitler's Pope") in some of the particulars, most especially concerning the continuing existence of a "Devil's Advocate."

Oh, and one of the facts that I thought I knew about the Vatican was firmly contradicted by this author: Michelangelo did NOT design the uniform for the Swiss Guards, as is stated in all the guide books. A Vatican seamstress whipped up the colorful costume in 1914 at the request of the Pope.
 
Delightful Trivia!  May 7, 2005
"The Incredible Book Of Vatican Facts and Papal Curiosities" is a delightful collection of Trivia for any Catholic fan. Most of the book is divided into four topical categories. Each question is followed by a short answer, usually consisting of one or two paragraphs. The final section deals with topics which demand a longer explanation than those given in the earlier portions of the book. Whether your goal is to up the scores of your trivia team, prepare for your trip to the Vatican or just enjoy learning about the Church, this short book is a quick and entertaining read.
 

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