Sorcery at the Vatican: The Papacy’s Seven Deadly Sinners

Mention ‘the Pope’ today and the image it immediately summons up for many people is of a saintly old man standing on a balcony in Rome blessing the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square (technically the Piazza San Pietro) and calling for peace and harmony in the world. However historically there is a tradition that far from representing all that is good and holy in the Roman Catholic Church, some popes were actually practicing sorcerers who had called upon dark forces to help them ascend the Throne of St Peter.

Drawing, Design for a Marble Throne for the Statue of St. Peter, St. Peter's, Rome, 1754.

Drawing, Design for a Marble Throne for the Statue of St. Peter, St. Peter's, Rome, 1754.           

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (Public Domain)


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