I recall reading a sci-fi novel some years ago. The story goes like this: science has discovered a way to track a dead person's consciousness through some quantum mechanics trickery. Meanwhile the Catholic Church has split into factions where one is led by a purple Pope. Does anyone know what book this was?
What happens to us when we die?
Oblivion. Or so believes Dr Miles Fleming, a brilliant, young neuroscientist who has developed a device capable of reading human brainwaves. But when his own brother contacts him after being certified dead for six whole minutes, Fleming wonders if he's got it all wrong.
His search for the truth uncovers a terrifying religious conspiracy to stage the most ambitious experiment the world has ever seen - to prove beyond doubt the existence of a heaven or a hell. As the world awaits the final judgement, Fleming must confront his own demons to save not only his own soul but that of all humanity.
It doesn't have a purple Pope, but it does have a Red Pope.