Spies in the Vatican: the Soviet Union's cold war against the Catholic Church

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Infamous for the arbitrary and paranoid persecution of their own citizens, it is a little known fact that the Soviet Union also waged a vicious espionage war against the Catholic Church and its followers.

From the targeting of local priests to an assassination order against Pope John Paul II, the KGB viewed Catholicism as a threat to stability in Eastern Europe and treated the Church as an enemy of the State.

Former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer John Koehler has written the definitive book on this startling history.

Using never before seen documents and transcripts, including an order against the Pope that was signed by Gorbachev, Koehler paints a vivid picture of the network of spies and double agents who were working to infiltrate the Church's infrastructure, from the Vatican down to local parishes.

But what is most impressive is the overwhelming evidence of the extreme courage of everyday believers who offered shelter and protection to the persecuted, despite the danger of their own arrest or execution.

The KGB's efforts to purge the Soviet Union of the Church's "conspiratorial influence" would eventually backfire.

This unprecedented history of the Soviet Union's cold war against the Catholic Church is a vital and important contribution to the works of twentieth century history.

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display_descriptionEvaluates the Soviet Union's espionage campaign against the Catholic Church, drawing on previously unseen documents to reveal an assassination order against Pope John Paul II and a Russian spy network intent on infiltrating church infrastructure.
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ils:.b29024304BookBooks1st Pegasus books ed.EnglishPegasus Books, 2009.296 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
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subject_facetCatholic Church -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
Espionage, Soviet -- Vatican City -- History
John Paul -- II, -- Pope, -- 1920-2005
USSR -- Foreign relations -- Catholic Church
title_displaySpies in the Vatican : the Soviet Union's cold war against the Catholic Church
title_fullSpies in the Vatican : the Soviet Union's cold war against the Catholic Church / John O. Koehler
title_shortSpies in the Vatican
title_subthe Soviet Union's cold war against the Catholic Church
topic_facetCatholic Church
Espionage, Soviet
Foreign relations
John Paul