Read The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age Online Free - “The process by which these supernatural events are authenticated is expertly told by John Thavis, one of the world’s leading Vaticanologists. In fact, that a book on so secretive and complex a topic is so deeply researched, beautifully written, and artfully told is something of a small miracle itself.”—James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Vatican Diaries, 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.
|Title||:||The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
February 11, 2017
The introduction is boring. Why are introductions always so boring? I almost peaced out of the book then, but glad I stuck with it. A smart look at how the Vatican deals with a host of supernatural phenomenon that strikes a good balance between skepticism and being obstinate. The book is at its b...
June 28, 2017
“If supernatural occurrences were once a sign of health in the mystical body of the Church, the hierarchy now views them as free radicals, unstable elements that need to be better controlled.” (p9)
The above statement, taken from the introduction of The Vatican Prophecies, pretty well sums up the...
October 03, 2016
This is an interesting book that deals with the Catholic Church and their views on Saints, Miracles and other religious phenomenon. Like his other book Thavis does not toe the party line. He takes an even handed take on the various phenomenon.
The most interesting part of the book to me was the fi...
April 12, 2016
The title of this book smacks of some kind of sensationalist DaVinci Code/Exorcist mash-up, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Written by a 30-year veteran of Vatican journalism, this is a fascinating, balanced and considered look behind-the-scenes at how the Vatican deals with the supe...
June 08, 2016
With journalistic competence and a novelist’s flare for telling a good story, John Thavis journeys to territories afar to investigate claims of the supernatural. While some of the mysteries he investigates are truly astonishing, others have a more levelheaded and earthbound reason for why they ap...
December 16, 2015
Like a lot of other readers, I'm fascinated with the arcane, murky operations of The Vatican. I don't buy into world domination conspiracies, but I know that the Holy See often prefers to keep a restrained and dignified silence about matters which might become embarrassing. But the business of re...
December 15, 2015
A scholarly yet readable work for the masses. The title adequately describes the content of the book. John Thavis presents careful research describing modern day miracles, apparitions, etc., that Church experts must decide if indeed are divine signs. The satanic dark side is also given its due ag...
October 17, 2016
A captivating book from beginning to end.
I couldn't put this book down. Paranormal claims of all types are covered in a way that displays the science, theology, and politics that goes into the process of validating these events or rejecting the. My only complaint and the cause for the four star r...
December 23, 2015
I was most interested in the exorcism issue in the modern day Catholic Church (also I'm interested in the old day exorcism procedures too which this book touched on a bit!) so I did only read the foreword and the chapter dedicated to exorcism, skimming the rest. This book was very factual, and an...
February 06, 2016
What a relief to have a rational journalist allow for the unknown! The Roman Catholic Church has always had its secrets, but it is not naive. Proving miracles is more difficult than most people would think, especially for those who are known as religious. This book is a great balancing act betwee...