Statues on Bernini’s colonnade at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Photo by Marco Verch/Creative Commons)
One of the Vatican’s most important but least studied departments is actually one of its most extensive: the massive network of lay and religious people engaged in peacemaking, information gathering and international diplomacy who throughout history have swayed governments and challenged kings.
In a new book, God’s Diplomats: Pope Francis, Vatican Diplomacy and America’s Armageddon, journalist Victor Gaetan unveils the inner workings of the Holy See’s diplomatic efforts. The book not only corrects the relative anonymity of the Catholic Church’s crucial function, but