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John Thavis

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Thavis grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. John’s University in 1973. After moving to Italy, he worked as a reporter and editor of the Rome Daily American in the late 1970s, and in 1983 began covering the Vatican as reporter and Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, traveling with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to more than 60 countries. He served three years as president of the Association of International Journalists Accredited to the Vatican—the only American ever elected to that position. He has won numerous journalistic awards and has lectured on Vatican affairs in the United States and Europe. In addition, his book "The Vatican Diaries" published in 2013, immediately became a New York Times bestseller. His new book, to be published Sept. 15, is titled, "The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age."