What happens behind the scenes at the Vatican? Journalist John Thavis has covered the Vatican for almost 30 years, and he hopes to offer insight into its power and politics in his new book, “The Vatican Diaries.”
Thavis was in Rome when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and when Pope Francis was elected. He spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on April 7, 2013.
As a former Dominican nun in the Roman Catholic Church, Annette Spaulding-Convy is intimately aware of the complex messages the institution sends about women's bodies. Her poem "Bonsai Nun" finds an apt metaphor in the severe pruning required to make a tree fit the aesthetic and spiritual ideal.
Police officers are seen outside St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Monday, March 11, 2013. Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again.
An historic conclave to select the new pope begins today. One hundred and fifteen cardinal-electors will vote one by one to select the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. It's the first conclave in 600 years to take place while the previous pope is still living. What's the mood in Rome right now? Writer Tiffany Parks joins us live from St. Peter’s Square to explain the conclave process and which candidates have Rome buzzing.