No other country in the world hides as many secrets as Vatican City. Behind the bronze door that leads inside its walls live characters worthy of spy novels or a film by Fellini. Some of them are discreet, like Sister Ilaria, the efficient nun who is in charge of the parchments blessed by the Pope. Others are discreetly influential, like Greg Burke, a consultant to the Secretary of State; Monsignor Alejandro Cifres, the director of the Archive of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (previously the Holy Office of the Inquisition) or the controversial former Secretary of State and current camerlengo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
From the spiritual to the earthly. from exemplary cardinals to not such worthy officials, from the dome to the sewer. More than fifteen monsignores, several bishops, three cardinals and numerous Vatican characters of every kind, many of whom have never appeared in the media, are featured in these pages, in which Arturo San Agustín does not just paint a precise portrait of the real Vatican, but also tries to determine whether the historic changes being implemented by Pope Francis can really be called a revolution.
A behind the scenes exploration of one of the world’s most secretive countries.