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

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

  • Title: The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age
  • Author: John Thavis
  • ISBN: 9780525426899
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 PilgrimageFrom the New York Tim 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 PilgrimageFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Vatican Diaries, a fascinating behind the scenes look at how the Vatican investigates claims of miraculous eventsApocalyptic 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 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 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 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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    • Scott says:

      How does the Vatican walk the "miracle" highwire in our modern age? The Catholic Church is founded on literally miraculous events, and every year there are scores of believers (and cynics) who claim to have witnessed a miracle - whether a faith healing, a statue of Mary that weeps tears of blood, or the face of Jesus appearing in their toast. While it would be easy for some to dismiss each of these events as self-delusions or hoaxes, the Church has plenty of reasons to take them seriously - not [...]

    • Allisonlcarter says:

      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 best when it's delving into less-known incidents -- a whole chapter on the Shroud of Turin didn't add much for people who know the basics of its history. Also learned what the Vatican's stance on aliens i [...]

    • Tinika says:

      “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 attitude towards miracles, apparitions and the like found in the upper echelons of the Church today. What was once a local occurrence can no longer be treated in the time-honoured way. (Move at a gla [...]

    • Don Heiman says:

      John Thavis' book "The Vatican Prophecies" was published by Viking Press in 2017. The book covers topics related to Catholic Church magisterium and laity debates on spiritual practices about good/evil, saints, apocalypse, relics, miracles, and sacred images. The book has internal script references but only a two page acknowledgement for citing references. The book also lacks research reference notes and an academic bibliography. I found some of Thavis' scholarship interesting, but on balance I w [...]

    • Rob says:

      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 final chapter on Revelations and the end of days. I had no idea that Pope Francis was seen by some as the anti-Pope and to others as the sign of the impending end of days. I also learned that the Vatican, [...]

    • Caroline says:

      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 supernatural in this modern age, where images of the Madonna on a piece of toast sell on eBay and every saint and would-be saint has their own Facebook page. The scale of the bureaucracy and the amount of pa [...]

    • Christian Engler says:

      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 appear miraculous. The six chapters are appropriately titled 1) A Piece of Holiness (about relics and the incorruptible 2) Mother of God? (about the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 3) The Sacred [...]

    • Libby says:

      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 religion is the miraculous and the inscrutable, so how does the oldest continuously operating bureaucracy on earth cope with the task of unscrewing the inscrutable in the Age of Science? How does the Churc [...]

    • Nancyann says:

      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 again with verified stories of exorcisms. Vatican specialists are named and background history provided that emphasizes the seriousness with which the Vatican takes all claims. You do not have to be Catholic [...]

    • Justin Glover says:

      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 rating was that each chapter and ultimately the ending of the book presented no real conclusions or closings. It was like climbing a mountain of information and falling off a cliff towards the summit. Ove [...]

    • Katie Plunkett says:

      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 immersive read. Author is an expert on Catholic issues. It was either the author or a source in his book that mentioned being in the Vatican archives, wow, I can only dream that must be an amazing exper [...]

    • Steve Wiggins says:

      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 between the canny and uncanny. See more thought on it here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

    • P. Es says:

      Nefariously titled for sales, does well at drawing you in (truly eye opening on the depth and nature of scientific engagement of the Church from the advent of sciency science to today, as well as Medjugorje , "seers", possession,etc), as authored by a long time Vaticanista. Like many books I give 4 stars, has 10 things to say but leads you through 9. Brilliant ending with Guy Consolmagno, now head of the Vatican Observatory (tell me *that* wasn't a conspiracy).

    • Joan says:

      This book is fascinating look at historical myths and current practices of the Catholic Church. Explains how cautious the Vatican is concerning signs, apparitions and miracles - yet most of this information has not trickled down to the general population of parishioners. It's a little creepy reading the parts about Exorcism, and the supposedly "incorruptible" corpses.

    • Kathleen Androlewicz says:

      This was a fascinating look into how the Vatican investigates the supernatural signs, apparitions and miracles of the Catholic church. Mostly, however, it helped me to understand why the investigations take so long before something is declared e.g. a miracle, or an apparition worthy of belief. A very good and interesting read!

    • Jim says:

      Nice review of miracles reported from about 1500 to the present, although most of them were reported in the 18 - 21st centuries. The author does not comment on the plausibility of many of the miracles, but he does report some of the debunked ones.I would have like to have seen more skepticism on the authors part and more explanations for some of the miracles.

    • James Richardson says:

      Interesting book as to how the Vatican investigates things. Liked the chapter entitled A Piece Of Holiness which dealt with relics and the power thereof. For example, I was moved by Catherine Gerety's testimonial when she contacted saint Therese's relics. She teaches me to love myself before I can love others.

    • Heather says:

      A description of how the Vatican/Catholicism officially looks into miracles, possessions, relics, prophecies, etc. Intellectually intriguing and surprisingly scientific, I recommend this book for people who enjoy theology and/or scientific analysis.

    • KathyPetersen says:

      I believe in supernatural signs and apparitions and miracles, but I have no proof, only faith. Therefore I like reading about investigations of such events when the writer makes definite efforts as objectivity. So five stars for Thavis.

    • Charles Reimler says:

      Historical Too Modern Age Brought Clarity Perceptions; Due Well Written Balanced Objective Author! Due Lutheran Background Found Book Extremely Insightful With Objective Fairness By Author!

    • Amy Allen says:

      I thought this book was really interesting. I wanted more though. Thavis touches on several topics, so he doesn't have room to dig deeply into any.

    • Liza AnnAcosta says:

      Fantastic stuff. Gives great insight into what we think we know but don't.

    • Tim says:

      Balanced, informative and interesting.

    • Elenute says:

      fascinating, scary

    • Antonio A says:

      Good read. You can read it for the mistery, or to pursue your faith deeper.

    • Barbara Brockhaus says:

      Very interesting and informative.

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