Airing on the History, "Secret Access: The Vatican" is a two-hour special that goes behind the scenes and gives viewers a rare insight into the life of Pope Benedict XVI as well as the history of the Catholic Church's seat of power.
The program covers the daily life of the Pope from his daily work in The Vatican to spending his free time by playing piano or relaxing and watching television.
"Secret Access: The Vatican" also uncovers historical connections between the United States and the Vatican. Viewers are shown letters written between Pope Pius VII and Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis during the height of the American Civil War in 1963. Lincoln was sending a special representative to the Pope, and Davis was asking for the Pope to recognize the Confederate States.
"Secret Access: The Vatican" premieres tonight on History at 9 p.m.