Secrets of the Vatican

Secrets of the Vatican

Streaming Video - 2014
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Pope Benedict made history when he announced his resignation, becoming the first Pope to step down voluntarily in six hundred years. In his wake he left a bitterly divided Vatican mired in scandals. But is Benedict's successor, Pope Francis, taming the forces that helped destroy Benedict's papacy? Is he succeeding in lifting the Church out of crisis? Nearly a year in the making, this special FRONTLINE goes inside the Vatican - one of the world's most revered and mysterious institutions - to unravel the remarkable series of events that led to the resignation that shook the world. Through interviews with those at the very heart of what happened - cardinals, priests, convicted criminals, police, prosecutors and whistle-blowers - FRONTLINE gives a first-hand account of the final days of Benedict's papacy and the current battle to set the Church on a new path under Francis.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS, 2014.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) :,sd., col.
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Additional Contributors: Thomas, Antony 1940-
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Alternative Title: Frontline (Television program)


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May 07, 2016

A little dated -done right after Pope Benedict was elected-but pretty good. Gives viewers good historical information and has footage of areas of the vatican not usually seen by visitors-the archives, the crypts, the Papal residence, etc.

Aug 18, 2014

An informative documentary exploring the shift from the papacy of Benedict to Francis. This examines the scandals, both financial and sex abuse related, that built controversy on Benedict's tenure and led to his resignation, with the personal testimony of those violated being particularly powerful. Francis' different approach to things is examined, as is the challenge faced in confronting the bureaucracy in the Vatican. For an outsider, it's an interesting documentary. If you're Catholic, it might depend on where your perspective lies, however.

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