What happens behind the scenes at the Vatican? Journalist John Thavis has covered the Vatican for almost 30 years, and he hopes to offer insight into its power and politics in his new book, “The Vatican Diaries.”
Thavis was in Rome when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and when Pope Francis was elected. He spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on April 7, 2013.
A sign in Italian reading "Hail to the Pope" is held up after the election of Pope Francis I, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope.
As white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel yesterday, millions of Catholics around the world received the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church: Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, who will be known as Pope Francis. He's the first pope from Latin America and the first from the Jesuit order. We'll get an account from reporter Tiffany Parks who was in St. Peters Square when he was elected. Also, we'll talk with Father Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University.