Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Catholic USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 28. Pg. 28: "'There's no telling what he might take a notion to transform next. I think you'd better call your sister again, and ask her to ask the Maharishi if he knows how to send spirits back to the astral plane, and I'll go see what I can find out about exorcism.' "; Pg. 31: "'I got a list of exorcism books to try, though, and this one guy, Clarence, said the most important thing in an exorcism is to know exactly what kind of spirit it is.' " [More. They may not be speaking of exorcism in a strictly Catholic sense.]
Catholic USA 2000 Dick, Philip K. "Paycheck " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1953); pg. 76. [Year estimated.] "Business, industry, corporations were safe from the Security Police. Due process was required. Rethrick Construction was a target of SP interest, but they could do nothing until some statue was violated. If he could get back to the Company, get inside its doors, he would be safe. Jennings smiled grimly. The modern church, sanctuary. it was the Government against the corporation, rather than the State against the Church. The new Notre Dame of the world, Where the law could not follow. "
Catholic USA 2000 Dick, Philip K. "The Pre-Persons " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1974); pg. 314. "The Church had long since--from the start, in fact--maintained that even the zygote, and the embryo that followed was as sacred a life form as any that walked the earth. They had seen what would come of arbitrary definitions of 'Now the soul enters the body,' or in modern terms, 'Now it is a person entitled to the full protection of the law like everyone else.' What was so sad was the sight of the small child playing bravely in his yard day by day, trying to hope, trying to pretend a security he did not have. " [This story is about a near-future in which pro-abortionists in the U.S. have legalized abortion up to the age of twelve years old, quite in opposition to Catholic teachings.]
Catholic USA 2000 Leavitt, David. "The Term Paper Artist " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1997); pg. 206. "...a secret marriage between Prince Eddy and a poor Catholic girl. "
Catholic USA 2000 Leong, Russell. "Virgins and Buddhas " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 220. "No one can understand her except, perhaps, the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary next to the Buddha altar in the hallway. The statue was one of the two things she brought with her from Lima, Peru, where she was born, raised, and stolen away by my father. "
Catholic USA 2002 Ing, Dean. Single Combat. New York: Tor (1983); pg. 213. "'Look: we've had these Catholics and Masons and liberal Mormons all along--no worse than a bad cold, right?...' "; Pg. 296: "If LDS voters found common ground with Catholics and Masonics... "; Pg. 12: "So far, Young's hit team was barely a rumor even among grumbling Catholics and members of masonic orders. "
Catholic USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994) Book jacket: "A motorcycle gang of nuns rides out on a mysterious mission in this dazzling work of metaphysical science fiction by Reed Kit. This scarifying trip into the future provides an extraordinary look at women in the contemporary world. Marooned on Schell Isle in a pre-apocalyptic near future, the women are waiting. The men have all gone to war--the ultimate sexist act. When he comes back will he be welcomed? It's an open question... But the bikers are coming: sixteen in all, in black helmets emblazoned with a silver cross, metaphysical infonauts who run computer programs in a ceaseless search for the name of God. They pray for the dead and when they have to, they ride out on their bikes to defend the living. Until they lift the face plates you will not know who they are. Watch out for them. The Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. " [Catholic refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
Catholic USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994); pg. 24. "They raise their own vegetables in the city park behind their office block. They celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist with the occasional transient priest; they try to do God's will and they try not to resent the male hierarchy that tells them they are only women, and therefore not fit to be His priests.

They pray for the dead and when they have to, they ride out on their bikes to defend the living. "

Catholic USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994); pg. 26. "Whereas the approaching cyclists care nothing for men because they are fixed on Christ, whom they hope to live and pray well enough and hard enough in this world to encounter in the next--a next world of which they are confident. If you asked why this heaven-bent sexual autonomy enrages some people and scares others, the sisters would tell you it's because they fulfill an eschatological function. The vestigial black habit, the shadow of the crucifix speak of last things. In chapel with their veils pulled over their faces at the Communion, the riders' predecessors looked to these women like walking tombstones... "
Catholic USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994); pg. 27. "Educated by nuns, K. grew up thinking she could be anything she wanted. Before feminism, nuns were the first feminists. Because they never knew marriage and family responsibilities, nothing stood between the sisters and their work. No consciousness raising needed here. Sisters taught K. she could do anything she wanted. "
Catholic USA 2002 Reed, Kit. Little Sisters of the Apocalypse. Boulder, CO: Black Ice Books (1994); pg. 110. "Isn't it Catholics who believe women are supposed to be having babies all the time, and aren't you supposed to pop one a year until motherhood drops you and you fall over dead? These plainfaced women who don't give a... about their looks are scheming to bring the men back so everybody can be scared of getting pregnant all over again. "
Catholic USA 2005 Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 196. "...this one lecture at the Academy had said, was because of my mythology. Like what they called the Father Mulcahy Syndrome, in barricaded hostage situations. Where somebody took a hostage and the cops tried to decide what to do. And theyd all seen this movie about Father Mulcahy once, so'd they'd say, yeah, I got it, I'll get a priest, I'll get the guy's parents, I'll lay down my gun and I'll go in there and talk him out. "
Catholic USA 2008 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 177. "The cells floating in front of her have been tampered with by agents of the same God the sisters the Catholic girls high school she had attended in San Antonio believed in so fervently as the prime mover of all in the universe. She put her elbows on the desk and rested her head in her hands. Back at the apartment where she lived, holiday lights snaked around the buildings and up the naked trunks of palm trees. Christmas--a celebration of the birth of Lord Jesus, or just a myth sprung full-blown from a tangle of neurons, dendrites and axons? Where do the Holn fit into the Christian pantheon? Or--where does Jesus fit into the Holn pantheon? "
Catholic USA 2009 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 228. [Press release from Soldiers of God group member Meg Parker.] "'...Father van Kellin has no doubts, why should we?... Did not the Pope himself say that these beings cannot be true to God's creation? Are there not scientists who are saying these people cannot be human because you cannot make an adult into a child? "
Catholic USA 2009 England, Terry. Rewind. New York: Avon Books (1997); pg. 228-229. [News report.] "'I understand there is a mixture of religious affiliations in the group'

'Eight Protestants of various stripes, three Catholics, two Jews, one who calls himself a New Age minister, three Mormons.'

'No Muslims...?'

'No Muslims, no Anglicans, no Unitarians.' "

Catholic USA 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 193-194. "For Michael--raised as a Catholic, although no longer a believer--the image they evoked was that of the Borgia popes. "
Catholic USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 9. Pg. 9: "An illuminated parchment from Pope John XXIII superfluously blessing their marriage. "; Pg. 181: "She should just throw him out of the house. But her parents had raised her to talk things out. They had worked their fingers to the bone paying for an expensive Catholic education so the nuns could teach her to be a rational, intelligent citizen. "
Catholic USA 2010 Sheffield, Charles. Brother to Dragons. Riverdale, NY: Baen (1992); pg. 21. Pg. 3: "'Holy Mother of God. No time. That's as good as we'll get...' "; Pg. 21: "Those Saturday rambles of the city also revealed another side of Father Bonifant, a seldom-seen man who hid behind the stern disciplinarian and guardian of Cloak House morality. " [Much of the beginning of the novel takes place in a Catholic orphanage, although the focus isn't really on Catholicism. Some other refs., not in DB.]
Catholic USA 2010 Stephenson, Neal. The Big U. New York: Random House (1984); pg. 243. "'...using 'attack' in a figurative sense not--and use the more linear way of thinking that would suggest itself to, say, a right-handed low-level Catholic civil engineer. Follow?' "
Catholic USA 2010 Willis, Connie. "Samaritan " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1979); pg. 225. "Reverend Hoyt had a feeling the purpose of this was to get him to smile. He smiled. 'And what was it you Catholics nearly walked out over? Oh, yes, grape juice.' " [Catholics joined liberal Protestants in forming the United Ecumenical Church.]
Catholic USA 2015 Butler, Octavia E. "The Evening and the Morning and the Night " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1987); pg. 127. "'My mother started to drift when I was three,' he said. 'My father only lasted a few months longer... If the two of them had any sense, they would have had me aborted the minute my mother realized she was pregnant. But she wanted a kid no matter what. And she was Catholic.' He shook his head. 'Hell, they should pass a law to sterilize the lot of us.' "
Catholic USA 2019 Burton, Levar. Aftermath. New York: Warner Books (1997); pg. 141. Pg. 140: "For a moment, she pretended it was a Sunday afternoon and she was about to take Communion. She could almost see the kindly-faced priest, every strand of his white hair perfectly combed, smiling down at her as he placed the thin, tasteless wafer on his tongue. "; Pg. 141: "The old woman laughed. 'No, darling. This isn't my church: it belongs to God. Father Carmichael is the priest here, if that's what you mean.'

Amy nodded.

'I'm a member of the congregation, been a member for fifty years, that's why everyone calls me Sister Rose...' ";

Pg. 142: "She even helped her blow out the candles before they left... " [Some other refs., not in DB. See pg. 138-146.]

Catholic USA 2025 Dick, Philip K. The Penultimate Truth. New York: Dell (1964); pg. 164. "But even below that there seemed something more. Charism, perhaps. That magic aura that great leaders in history such as Gandhi, Caesar, Innocent III, Wallenstein, Luther, F.D.R. have had? "
Catholic USA 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 27. "In Seatte, a group of Deepers had all plugged into the Pakistani scenes just before going to one of their 'actions,' trying to shut down a neonatal unit, which was supposed to be nonviolent, but with all the glandular workout they'd just had, it didn't stay that way--or maybe it was that the devoutly Catholic commander of the Federal troops, as the Deepers later claimed, ordered the troops to fire into the crowd. "
Catholic USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 23. "Jarret supporters... A witch, in their view, tends to be a Moslem, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist, or in some parts of the country, a Mormon, a Jehovah's Witness, or even a Catholic. "
Catholic USA 2032 Butler, Octavia. Parable of the Talents. New York: Seven Stories Press (1998); pg. 58. "The Noyers were nominal Christians--a Catholic mother, an Episcopalian father, and kids who had never seen the inside of a church. "
Catholic USA 2050 Haldeman, Joe. Forever Peace. New York: Ace Books (1998; first ed. 1997); pg. 193. "It was a fifty-year-old building style, all mirror glass and steel frame. A sign on the frizzled lawn said ST. BARTHOLEMEW'S HOME.

A man in his sixties, wearing a priest's collar with everyday clothes, answered the door and let me in.

The foyer was a white box devoid of ornament, except for a crucifix on one wall facing a holo of Jesus on the other... Father Mendez was Hispanic, his hair still black... 'You're not an actual priest, then.'

'In fact I am, or rather, was. I was defrocked after being convicted of murder.' " [More material with this character Father Mendez.]

Catholic USA 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 32. "He tried to think of some reasonable pretext to break up this reading, but all that came into his mind was a sacrilegious anecdote about Pope Joan, personification of the Whore of Babylon, epithet for the Roman Catholic Church. Such a thought was scandalous in the presence of the Reverend Mother Mary, who was completely chaste. "
Catholic USA 2095 Heinlein, Robert A. "'If This Goes On--' " in Revolt in 2100. New York: Baen (1981; story copyright 1940); pg. 129. "Beside our own simple powder-blue dungarees there were several other uniforms around, volunteer brigades from outside the country and some native American outfits. The Mormon Battalions had their own togs... The Catholic legion had its distinctive uniform, which was just as well since hardly any of them spoke English. "
Catholic USA 2100 Sanders, Winston P. "The Word to Space " (first published 1960) in Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction (Mayo Mohs, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971); pg. 85. "The unspoken thought went between them: I'm afraid you're going to be still another plague on our house... why did Washington okay your application? I know a Catholic President would be more than ordinarily ready to listen to whatever fisheating notion you came up with. "
Catholic USA - Southwest 1996 Ing, Dean. Systemic Shock. New York: Tor (original 1981; 1st Tor edition 1992); pg. 19. "...people who kept the old ways; living anachronisms who spun their own cloth, cured their own meat... There were still other repositories of ancient crafts and ethics in the north among the Amish... and in the southwest among Latino Catholics... "
Catholic Utah 1881 Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 55. "'...Presbyterians like me, Catholics, Baptists, Jews, what have you--in Utah Territory, we're all outsiders looking in...' "
Catholic Utah 2002 Ing, Dean. Single Combat. New York: Tor (1983); pg. 176. "'These little mines East of Carbonville,' she signed... 'Catholics, Indys. I had a mission here... "
Catholic Utah 2020 Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny. Deus Irae. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1976); pg. 2. "He, the priest, hated bugs, too many odd kinds, thrust up overnight from the fal't [fallout] . . . so he loved the predators who fed on the chitinous crawlers, loved his flock of--amusing to think of--birds! Not men.

But men arrived, at least on the Holy Day, Tuesday--to differentiate it (purposefully) from the archaic Christian Holy Day, Sunday....

To Ely, his wife, Father Handy said, 'Do you have hot coffee for him? Please.' " [That Father Handy has a wife indicates his faith is not strictly Catholic, per se. Although there is much Catholic terminology in the religious group he belongs to.]

Catholic Utah 2100 Miller, Jr., Walter M. A Canticle for Leibowitz. New York: J. B. Lippencott Co. (1959); pg. 11-12, 37-38. Pg. 11: "Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who appeared during the young novice's Lenten fast in the desert. "; Pg. 12: "Perhaps, in earlier ages, the road had been a portion of the shortest route from the Great Salt Lake to Old El Paso... "; Pg. 37: "the 'Saint' was still only a Beatus officially, and would never be formally declared a saint unless he wrought a few more miracles to underwrite his own beatification, which was not an infallible proclamation, as canonization would be, although it permitted the monks of the Leibowitz Order formally to venerate their founder and patron, outside of the Mass and the Office. " [Essentially the entire book is about Catholics of the Leibowitz Order in Utah, in a post-apocalyptic future. Excact year is unspecified.]
Catholic Utah: Beaver County 2010 Hickman, Tracy. The Immortals. New York: ROC/Penguin Books (1997; c. 1996); pg. 52. "Nurse Codgebury had called it the Cathedral and, Michael supposed as he entered the hall, they probably weren't far wrong about that. It was a barnlike structure with a high-vaulted ceiling. Rows of smoothly painted benches sat in two neat rows on either side... "
Catholic Utah: Salt Lake City 1993 Nicita, Carolyn. "Solitude " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 30. "Chris... wore no jewelry over the 'I Drank Nuclear Fusion' T-shirt, except for the silver crucifix her godfather had given her at her christening. "
Catholic Utah: Salt Lake City 2051 Worthen, M. W. "You Can't Go Back " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 122. "He showed me some places in Salt Lake he'd nearly finished [re-creating in virtual reality]. The famous Mormon temple was almost complete, as well as the not-as-famous Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine nearby. Gus said these were a combination of old photos, paintings, and memories. They were beautiful. "
Catholic Vatican City 1942 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 474. "Those clouds, though, were misshapen dwarfs when set alongside the one still swelling above Rome. Moishe could not tear his eyes away from that terrible beauty. He wondered how many people--and how many Lizards--had perished in the blast.

'There goes the Pope,' Mavrogordato said, one step ahead of him. 'I'm no Catholic, but that's a hell of a thing to do to him.'

How the Poles would wail when the news reached them! And, if they could find a way, they'd blame it on the Jews... "

Catholic Vatican City 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 202. "'After the war, I spent a year studying in the Vatican. Another year in Canterbury...' "
Catholic Vatican City 1961 Silverberg, Robert. Dying Inside. New York: Ballantine (1976; c. 1972); pg. 99. [Headline] "ELIZABETH VISITS POPE IN VATICAN. " [Also pg. 144.]
Catholic Vatican City 1994 Morrow, James. Towing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 22. "...the bewildered priest strolled out of his hotel, crossed the courtyard of San Damasco, and presented himself to a plumed maestro di camera in the sun-washed antechamber of the Vatican Palace. Di Luca appeared instantly... accompanied by the spry, elfin, red-capped Eugenio Cardinal Orselli, the Vatican's renowned Secretary of State. Side by side, the clerics marched through the double door to the papal study, Thomas pausing briefly to admire the Swiss Guard with their glistening steel pikes. Rome had it right, he decided. The Holy See was indeed at war, forever taking the field against all those who would reduce human beings to mere ambitious apes, to lucky chunks of protoplasm, to singularly clever and complex machines. " [The entire book is filled with references to Catholicism and Catholic characters and themes. Other refs. are not in DB.]
Catholic Vatican City 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 201. Pg. 201: "Pope Gregory XVII's weekly message from St. Paul's was interrupted by students wearing animal masks. "; Pg. 208: "The only persons who it appeared would not be at the Pyramid on New Year's Eve were the Pope, the Dalai Lama, and John 'Jack' Finnegan, if he chose not to go. "
Catholic Vatican City 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 171. "A Hindu woman in Brussels had asked Salbanda, the Forhilnor spokesperson who met periodically with the media, the simple, direct question of whether he believes in any gods.

And he'd answered--at length... Religious leaders were jockeying for position. The Vatican--with rather a history of backing the wrong horse in scientific debates--was reserving comment, saying only that the pope would address the issue soon. "

Catholic Vatican City 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 47. "Earth's various leaders were not pleased, but the aliens seemed to have no interest in visiting the United Nations, the White House, the European parliament, the Kremlin, India's parliament, the Knesset, or the Vatican--all of which had immediately extended invitations. "
Catholic Vatican City 2002 Knight, Damon. Why Do Birds. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 90. "'Well, different customs, too. It varies form one country to another. By the way, I've brought some briefing papers on England, Germany, the Vatican, India and Japan...' " [Also pg. 157.]
Catholic Vatican City 2002 Knight, Damon. Why Do Birds. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 99. "Rome was overcast and cold, with a drizzle... The audience room in the Vatican was a bit drafty, as always, but the Pope was well wrapped up on rochet, mozzetta, gaiters and bootees.

'Mr. Stone,' the Pontiff said, 'we understand that you have foretold the end of the world.'

'Not me, Your Holiness. The aliens told me about it.'

'Yes, yes. We are not capable of believing in the existence of alien intelligences. Do you think they might have been something else?'

'Like what, Your Holiness?'

'As, for instance, angels?'

'Honestly, Your Holiness, they didn't look like angels to me. But I guess I don't know what angels look like.'

'We ourself have never seen them. In our tradition, they are often radiant and have wings.'

'They didn't look like that, but I guess they could like anything.' " [More, pg. 100.]

Catholic Vatican City 2010 Clarke, Arthur C. 2010: Odyssey Two. New York: Ballantine (1982); pg. 168. "Nor would he have visited so many factories... the White House, the Kremlin archives, the Vatican Library, the sacred Black Stone of the Ka'bah at Mecca . . . "
Catholic Vatican City 2015 Leiber, Fritz. The Wanderer. New York: Walker & Co. (1964); pg. 195. "In Rome, the new Pope, who was a Jesuit-trained astronomer, combatted superstitious interpretations of events... "
Catholic Vatican City 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 25. "'A visit to the Vatican has just ben arranged--very likely.'

'By the priest who brought the clothes? He was a go-between?'

'No, listen, Charlie, that restaurant, L'Eau Vive is where all the Vatican bigwigs dine out. It's staffed by stunning young nuns with a special dispensation to wear sexy dresses.'

'Sounds risque. What goes on?'

'Just splendid expensive eating. The waitresses all wear golden crosses to remind their eminent clientele of chastity. Could put cardinals off their cuisine and vino if it was served gloomily.'

'Remind them of poverty?'

'Something like that...' "

Catholic Vatican City 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 26. "'This painted heaven is not the true heaven,' she replied. 'I have told you all I know about the ceiling.'

'No more is known about Saint Ignatius?'

'Oh yes! Why, there are whole volumes written about him. They fill shelves in the Vatican Library.'

'Volume in cubic size?'

'Books!' Sister Kathinka led the Fly to the lectern, where a huge brass-bound Bible lay open.

'Here is the most important book. It contains the word of God. "

Catholic Vatican City 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 34. "The Vatican Press Office had announced that when aliens arrived in St. Peter's Square in three days' time a trio of cardinals would be on hand to greet them...

'According to the reservations at L'Eau Vive Tedesci and Storchi both lunched there.' Lew explained that the former was Vatican Secretary of State, the foreign minister...

'The Church isn't simple-minded. Vatican's probably facing a crisis Do aliens have souls? Is the Church truly universal? Why do Flies home in on Rome?'

'Will they have an audience with the Pope?' chipped in Charles...

The Pope's at Castel Gandolfo,' said Lew. 'His summer palace. That's usual. Got an observatory there. Maybe he's consulting his stronomers.'

Tarini dangled a red herring. 'Jesuits, those are. Jesuits aren' too popular with the hierarchy...' "

Catholic Vatican City 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 35. "St Peter's Square, grand keyhole to Vatican City, was closed to traffic, but how could the heart of the church be closed to pedestrians? Leaving the embassy car in the Via dell conciliazione... Romans, countrymen, tourists, nuns and priests, huckstes, pickpockets, what a medley. A pair of Swiss guards in harlequin costumes surveyed the inflow... "
Catholic Vatican City 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 47. "'The mountain has come to the Pope,' said Osipyan sourly, 'since Mohammed wasn't available.' "
Catholic Vatican City 2040 Pohl, Frederik. Man Plus. New York: Random House (1976); pg. 85. "'...He was off in Rome at the Vatican Pacem in Excelsis Conference.' " [Other refs. not in DB. See also page 102, 139.]
Catholic Vatican City 2051 Rucker, Rudy. Freeware. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1997); pg. 106. "'...You know how the Vatican used to have the world's biggest library of porno?...' "; Also pg. 243.
Catholic Vatican City 2059 Bova, Ben. "In Trust " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1994); pg. 176-178 . "Jason ticked off on his fingers, 'First, I want the [Catholic] Church to oversee maintenance of my frozen body. I want the Church to guarantee that nobody's going to pull the plug on me... Second, I want the Church to monitor medical research and decide when I should be revived...'

...'And what does the Church get out of this?'

'Half my estate... several billion...'

...When Jason awoke...

'You are safe,' said one of the green-masked persons. 'You are cured of your disease. The year is [2059].' "; Pg. 178: It wasn't until he saw a trio of Swiss Guards in their colorful uniforms that he realized he was in the Vatican.

...They gave Jason a new suit of royal blue to wear for his audience with the Pope... "

[The entire story is about a wealthy man entrusting his suspended body to the Catholic Church until there's a cure for his cancer. Many references to Catholicism throughout story, most not in DB.]

Catholic Vatican City 2060 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 45. "'Reporters follow every vehicle,' Voelker confirmed.

'Giuliani turned from the windows. 'The tunnels,' he said... 'We are connected to the Vatican by a complex of tunnels... We can take him out through St. Peter's.' " [Other refs. not in DB.]

Catholic Vatican City 2060 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 47. "On Easter weekend, the Vatican was packed with the faithful: 250,000 people, there to receive the Pope's blessing, to pray, to gawk, to buy souvenirs, to have their pockets picked. The Jihad promised bombs, and security was tight... "
Catholic Vatican City 2060 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 49. "He had just stretched his feet out toward the fire and was wondering idly if the next Pope's election would be sgnaled with a sign that said 'White Smoke' when, as his eyes adjusted to the dark... "
Catholic Vatican City 2075 Silverberg, Robert. "Good News from the Vatican " (published 1971) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 242. [Year is estimated.] "This morning I read in Osservatore Romano that the Vatican computer itself has taken a hand in deliberations... 'Every era gets the pope it deserves,' Bishop FitzPatrick observed... Many years ago he was a star player for the Holy Cross championship basketball team. He has come to Rome to do research for a biography of St. Marcellus the Reghteous. We have been watching the unfolding drama of the papal election from an outdoor cafe several blocks from the Square of St. Peter's. For all of us, this has been an unexpected dividend of our holiday in Rome; the previous pope was reputed to be in good health... " [Many other refs. not in DB.]
Catholic Vatican City 2082 Haldeman, Joe. Buying Time. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1989); pg. 117. "'There are a few small places where the Stileman Foundation is forbidden. The Seychelles and Vatican City are the only ones where your lives wouldn't be in constant peril from the natives. I'd say neither of them is large enough for you to become anonymous, though with Maria's Italian and her convent background, she might be able to fade into the woodwork in Vatican City.'

'It would be too open, though,' Maria said. 'Like trying to hide out in a museum.'

'But it's mostly indoors,' Dallas said. 'That would protect you from satellite observation.' "

Catholic Vatican City 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 102. "Again, the solution should be obvious from the data, and it was. Sister Carlotta.

Peter had a contact in the Vatican--a sparring partner in the wars of ideas that flared up now and then among those who frequented the discussions of international relations on the nets. It was already morning in Rome, though barely. But if anyone was at his desk early in Italy, it would be a hardworking monk attached to the Vatican foreign-affairs office.

Sure enough, an answer came back within fifteen minutes.

Sister Carlotta's location is protected. Messages can be forwarded. I will not read what you send via me. (You can't work here if you don't know how to keep your eyes closed.)

Peter composed his message and sent it--to Sister Carlotta. If anyone knew how to reach Julian Delphiki in hiding, it would be the nun who had first found him. It was the only possible solution to the challenge his informant had given him. "

Catholic Vatican City 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 103. "Peter wasn't sure why, but he knew that the letter he had just sent to Julian Delphiki, via Sister Carlotta, via his friend at the Vatican, would put an end to his long idyll, playing at world affairs while having his mother do his laundry. "
Catholic Vatican City 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 173. "'And then,' said Bean, 'a highly placed officer in the Hegemony... will be quoted as saying that Locke is not just a good candidate, he's the best candidate, and may be the only candidate, and with the support of the Vatican he thinks Locke is the frontrunner.'

'You've planned this all out,' said Peter.

'No,' said Sister Carlotta. 'It's just that the only two people we know are my highly placed friend in the Vatican and our good friend ex-Colonel Graff.' "

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