Vita da preti is a collection of twelve portraits of contemporary vicars, written during the current priestly year, as proclaimed by Benedetto XVI. It is the work of a thirty year old journalist, who, as a guest of a relative monsignor, spent a few months in the Vatican. Unusual aspects of a priest’s life are highlighted: his income, his relationship with the government, with temptations and with the world around him, in and out of the sacristy. The stories are about minor and major personalities of the priesthood: a Camaldolese monk, an exorcist, a Brasilian traditionalis, the chaplain of a psychiatric hospital, the undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a friend of Oriana Fallaci’s, the archbishop of Cosenza and a nameless purple-dressed figure. This book wittily outlines the profile of supposedly holy, supposedly devoted men that have to confront themselves with the awfulness of the world.
Carlo Melina was born in Adria and raised in Padova. He studied in Bologna, lives in Rome and, for now, is a journalist. He spent a few months in the Vatican as a relative’s guest. His e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org