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John Thavis recently retired as the prizewinning chief of the Rome bureau of Catholic New Service, where he had covered the Vatican since 1983. He is the past president of the International Association of Journalists Accredited to the Vatican, and in 2007 the Catholic Press Association awarded him the Saint Francis de Sales Award, the highest honour given by the Catholic press. He divides his time between Minnesota and Rome. 

Books by John Thavis

The Vatican Diaries

John Thavis describes in riveting detail the workings of a secretive and often chaotic culture which he has viewed as a journalist close up for thirty years.

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The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age

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. 

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