As the second Christian millennium closes and the Grand Jubilee approaches, millions of Christians will look to Rome and its spiritual leader, Pope John Paul II. This volume anticipates the celebrations and provides a guided tour through the Vatican with an intimate insiders' look at the daily life and activities of the Pope within the Holy See.
While the Vatican Museums thrive on visitors, a large portion of the "city" is off-limits. renowned Vatican scholar Luigi Accattoli, and photographer Grzegorz Galazka, however, were granted extraordinary access to the Pope and his domain. Accattoli and Galazka lead you through the papal apartments and museums that are never open to the public. Venture into the Vatican gardens and the excavations beneath the basilica; to the library and archives; and to offices open only to duly accredited diplomats and journalists. You will see where Pope John Paul II walks daily and witness in stunning photographs the pope himself utilizing the Vatican as a multifaceted sanctuary of devotion.
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Luigi Accattoli is the Vatican correspondent to IICorriere Della Sera, Italy's foremost newspaper, and has published several books on the pope and Christianity.
Grzegorz Galazka is a renowned Polish photographer who has worked extensively with the pope as well as other members of the Vatican.
Sumptuously illustrated with 150 colorplates, this guidebook offers a fascinating inner glimpse into both the public and the private sectors of the Vatican. Beginning with an introduction to daily life in Vatican City and a detailed account of the pope's typical day, Vatican correspondent Accattoli wanders through the pope's private apartments; tours the Vatican libraries, gardens, and museums; and visits the Vatican post office, grocery store, and pharmacy. In addition, the author also introduces the pontiff's personal staff and offers commentary on how John Paul II manages to integrate the grace and beauty of the ancient traditions of the church with the frantic pace and hectic demands of contemporary society. Tourists and Vatican watchers will relish this peek into the papal residence. Margaret Flanagan
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