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John Follain

City of Secrets : The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican

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ISBN: 0066209544
Издательство: William Morrow
Год издания: 2003
Страниц: 320
Book Description On the heels of one of the greatest public scandals to rock the Catholic Church comes an explosive expose of murder and corruption in the highest reaches of the Vatican, the oldest and most secretive autocracy in the world. On the night of Monday, May 4, 1998, in Vatican territory, the bodies of the commander of the Swiss Guard, his wife, and a young lance corporal were found in the barracks of the picturesque force historically entrusted with protecting the pope. It was theworst bloodbath to take place in more than a century in the heart of the supreme authority of the world's one billion Roman Catholics. Four hours later, the Vatican announced that the lance corporal, twenty-three-year-old Cedric Tornay, had shot thecouple, then committed suicide in "a fit of madness" brought on by frutstration with the unit's discipline -- a conclusion it reaffirmed after a nine-month internal inquiry. But as John Follain's hard-hitting expose shows,...