A chilling look inside the Vatican, this book exposes the greed, hypocrisy and corruption in the court surrounding the Pope and addresses the cover-up of the infamous Swiss Guard murders in 1998.
'City Of Secrets' contains some of the most dramatic and sensational revelations ever published about the internal affairs of the Vatican. Powerful and suspenseful, it is the product of a three-year investigation, and a chilling portrait of actions unworthy of the Catholic Church in the twilight of John Paul II's papacy.
On the night of Monday, 4 May 1998, on Vatican territory, the bodies of the commander of the Swiss Guard, his wife and young vice-corporal were found in the barracks of the picturesque force entrusted with protecting the Pope. Four hours later, the Vatican announced that the vice-corporal, the 23-year-old Cedric Tornay, had shot the couple, then committed suicide in a fit of madness brought on by frustration with the unit's discipline. A nine-month internal inquiry confirmed this official version.
Case closed? Far from it. The inquiry's final report was a travesty of justice, a tissue of suppositions, contradictions and omissions. 'City Of Secrets' shows how the Vatican staged an elaborate cover-up to hide a truth it dare not confess . . .
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 04 / 2004
- 153 x 234mm