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-- According to the Vatican Press Office in Rome, the Vatican receives more than 4,000,000 visitors per year-of all religions.
-- There is surprisingly little competition for this title; Gary Wills's 2000 book, Papal Sin was an expose dealing with corruption in the Vatican. Papal Sin hit the USA Today bestseller list, proving that there is a fascination with this subject.
-- The Pocket Books division of Simon & Schuster recently acquired Pope John Paul II's eight private Prayer Books (for a very healthy six-figure sum), comprising his prayers, beliefs, thoughts and poems; the first title, to be published the same month as The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Popes & the Papacy will be The Pope's Private Prayer Book: A Message of Spirituality.
The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Popes and the Papacy offers a comprehensive look at the history, trials, and triumphs of the Bishops of Rome. This book offers an easy-to-understand historical survey of the papacy, which is among the oldest institutions on earth, and may well be the oldest continuous position of leadership in existence. It's all here: remarkable stories of popes who held immense power within the Church and popes who served as figureheads; popes who ruled as supreme authorities in their own right and popes who offered an inspired model of resistance to secular tyrannies; popes who lost sight of the dictates of their own faith and popes who set sublime moral and devotional examples to the world. This is an entertaining and enlightening look at one of the world's most remarkable jobs, one that hasguided Catholicism for two millennia and wields an influence today.
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