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Angels & Demons

cover photo: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

The murder of a world-famous physicist raises fears that the Illuminati are operating again after centuries of silence, and religion professor Robert Langdon is called in to assist with the case.

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Basilica

cover photo: Basilica by William D. Montalbano

When a priest is fatally pushed down the stairs of St. Peter's Basilica, the first Latin American pope, nicknamed Tredi, and Brother Paul, a former Miami homicide cop, unleash a maelstrom of Vatican politics and revenge as they search for a killer.

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The Blood Gospel

cover photo: The Blood Gospel by James Rollins

After a shocking discovery in Masada, Israel, Sergeant Jordan Stone, Father Rhun Korza and Dr. Erin Granger, racing against time to recover a book written by Christ's own hand, must contend with a force of ancient evil with impossible ambitions and a secret sect within the Vatican called the Sanguines.

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The Seville Communion

cover photo: The Seville Communion by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

When the Pope receives an anonymous plea to save a church slated for demolition, the Vatican sends Father Lorenzo Quart to investigate a diverse collection of people fighting to save the building.

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White smoke: A Novel about the Next Papal Conclave

cover photo: White smoke: A Novel about the Next Papal Conclave by Andrew M. Greeley

As the cardinals of the Church gather in Rome for the election of a new pope, Bishop John Blackwood Ryan, reporter Dennis Mulloy, and CNN correspondent and Mulloy's ex-wife Patricia investigate a Vatican banking scandal and an assassin out to destroy the next pope.

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

cover photo: Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich 262.13 N89a

A comprehensive history of the papacy describes the defining relevance of papal authority to the Church, chronicling the unexpectedly violent and colorful historical events that have indelibly shaped the Pope's authority and station.

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All the Pope's men: the inside story of how the Vatican really works

cover photo: All the Pope's men: the inside story of how the Vatican really works by John L. Allen 282.136 A42a

The Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, offers an authoritative guide to the church's inner workings.

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Hide & Seek: The Irish Priest in the Vatican Who Defied the Nazi Command

cover photo: Hide & Seek: The Irish Priest in the Vatican Who Defied the Nazi Command by Stephen Walker 940.5318 W17h

Relates the true story of the Catholic priest who helped hide and shelter Jews during World War II, the Nazi officer who wished him dead, and their relationship after the war ended.

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No Turning Back: Two Nuns' Battle with the Vatican over Women's Right to Choose

catalog link: No Turning Back: Two Nuns' Battle with the Vatican over Women's Right to Choose by Barbara Ferraro 922.2 F37n

Of local interest is this book, co-written by two nuns who recount their struggle with the Vatican over women's right to choose an abortion. Their frustration at the limited pastoral role available to them-- Catholicism's ``glass ceiling''--led to their eventual rebellion, the abortion question merely serving as a vehicle for their final break with the Church. Ferraro and co-author Patricia Hussey were directors of the Covenant House in Charleston - a shelter for homeless and abused women and children- at the time of the book's publication.

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The Pope's Jews: the Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis

cover photo: The Pope's Jews: the Vatican's Secret Plan to Save Jews from the Nazis by Gordon Thomas 940.531835 T45p

A revelatory account of the Vatican's efforts to save thousands of Jewish people during World War II refutes beliefs about Pius XII's neutrality.

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The Pope's Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler Eisner, Peter

cover photo: The Pope's Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler Eisner, Peter by Peter Eisner 282.092 E36p

Drawn from exclusive interviews and new archival research, this gripping account sheds new light on Pope Pius XI's courageous effort to reject Nazism in one of the most unprecedented and progressive pronouncements ever issued by the Vatican.

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The Vatican: Secrets and Treasures of the Holy City

cover photo: The Vatican: Secrets and Treasures of the Holy City by Michael Collins 945.634 qC71v

Vatican City is the world's smallest sovereign state, but at the same time it is the spiritual heart of one of the world's great religions with worldwide influence. This book offers an insight into the 2,000 year history, traditional ceremonies, priceless treasures and spectacular architecture of the Vatican.

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The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

cover photo: The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church by John Thavis 262.136 T36v

Presents a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Vatican's inner workings that challenges popular perceptions, revealing the personal conflicts, authority-undermining scandals, and modern considerations that are challenging the Vatican's daily business.

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Secret access: The Vatican [digital videodisc]

catalog link: Secret access: The Vatican [digital videodisc] by James Lurie 945.634 SECRET

Provides a revealing look at the inner workings of the Vatican.

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Exploring September 11

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This KCPL reading map explores the September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and in rural Pennsylvania.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attack, we are asking you to share your memories of that day. How did you hear about the disaster? What did you do? Where were you when the towers fell?

A reading map is a web-based tool designed to help readers explore a topic or author in more detail, but they're not for research—they're for fun! Explore all our reading maps to help satisfy your curiosity and quest for more information.

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