The first issue of Inside the Vatican magazine appeared in April 1993 as our “Zero Issue.” Our aim was to fill a particular gap. We felt that many publications (ranging from small Catholic journals to major international secular magazines) seemed to be partial, tendentious, superficial, or uncritical in their coverage of Catholic affairs, and of the Vatican, in particular. We therefore aimed to be, in so far as was in our power, balanced, reasonable, thoughtful and probing. So many readers applauded our first effort that we were heartened enough to continue publishing. Our issue #1 appeared almost five months later (August-September 1993), and we have been appearing monthly ever since (10 times yearly; our June-July and August-September issues are combined).