This is a unique visual guide to life inside the spiritual centre of the Catholic Church, updated to include Pope Francis. The Vatican explores Vatican City, the world's smallest sovereign state and the spiritual heart of one of the world's great religions with worldwide influence. Through the inside knowledge of Father Michael Collins, gain a privileged insight into the 2,000 year history, traditional ceremonies, priceless treasures and spectacular architecture of the Vatican. Find fascinating accounts of the day-to-day running of the state, illustrated by the stories of those who live or work in this extraordinary city within a city; from a priest and a chorister to a gardener. With specially commissioned photographs covering every aspect of life at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, The Vatican will take you right inside this extraordinary world.