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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

VAT

Website

Vatican City

Established

2/11/1929

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

2/1/2005


Institutions

Governor

Secretary of State

Head of State

Pope


DESCRIPTION

State of the Vatican City, the Holy See Stato della Citta del Vaticano, Santa Sede An independent enclave of Rome, the Holy See is an ecclesiastical state governed by the Pontiff as Head of State and the Secretary of State as Head of Government. The Legislature sits as the Cabinet, consisting of the Pontifical Commission appointed by the Pontiff. There are three tribunals responsible for civil and criminal matters within Vatican City. The Holy See is supported financially by a tax on all Roman Catholic dioceses worldwide. Its annual budget falls under $180 Million United States. As the capital of the Roman Catholic faith, the Holy See has an elaborate Foreign Affairs structure. It is an official observer of the United Nations and has been sough for international relations advice by all member states of the United Nations General Assembly. The Vatican appoints to each country a Papal Nuncio who acts as Ambassador. He is also is given jurisdiction over dioceses within the nation to which he is appointed. The Holy See maintains a single military unit called the Corpo della Guardia Svizzera, known to the world as the Swiss Guards. Supplementary defense is provided by the Italian Defense Ministry. Historically, the Holy See was part of a larger union of Papal States under the leadership of the Pontiff. The Papal States can be traced back to the 8th Century. On February 11, 1929, the Pontiff signed three treaties with Italy recognizing the full sovereignty of the present-day State of the Vatican City. Outside the state borders, the Holy See maintains 13 buildings in Rome and Castel Gandolfo, the Papal Summer Residence. These buildings enjoy extraterritorial rights.


INFO LINKS

The Holy See

Congregation for the Clergy

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

United States Embassy to the Holy See


BOOKS

DISCUSSION

MAP

 


MEDIA

Newspaper

L'Osservatore Romano

Radio

Vatican Radio


EVENTS

NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

1/12/2014 7:00 am

Announcement

Pope Francis names 19 new cardinals

IndyGeorgia

12/16/2013 1:00 pm

News

Pope Replaces Conservative U.S. Cardinal on Influential Vatican Committee

Homegrown Democrat

11/6/2013 2:00 pm

News

The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time

RBH

7/8/2013 4:50 pm

News

Vatican Bank Facilitated money laundering, report says

kal

5/27/2012 12:05 pm

Scandal

Vatican in chaos after butler arrested for leaks

Craverguy

5/13/2011 2:35 am

News

Human rights' report lists Vatican for failure to protect children

Homegrown Democrat

9/16/2010 10:00 am

General

Pope: Church Too Slow to Respond to Sex Abuse

Brandon

6/28/2010 9:00 am

News

Pope deplores Belgian sex raids, stresses autonomy

Brandon

4/6/2010 10:35 pm

News

Vatican picks a Latino to lead Los Angeles Archdiocese

particleman

4/7/2010 10:00 am

Humor

Pope Vows To Get Church Pedophilia Down To Acceptable Levels

Brandon

4/6/2010 1:30 pm

News

Cardinals Decry "Hate Campaign" Against Pope

Brandon

4/2/2010 4:00 pm

Idiocy

At Vatican Service, Persecution of Jews Is Invoked

Brandon

3/4/2010 9:00 pm

Scandal

Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

Craverguy

4/17/2009 8:00 pm

General

Pope Pursues Heavenly Power With Plant Harnessing Sun

RP

2/1/2009 10:35 am

News

Cleric whose Katrina comment caused stir promoted

ArmyDem

1/29/2009 4:00 am

General

Chief Rabbinate of Israel cuts ties with Vatican over Holocaust bishop

kal

9/17/2008 12:00 pm

News

Vatican to host meeting on evolutionary theory

Nothing wrong, just gone

12/16/2007 3:15 pm

News

Zeffirelli: Pope Benedict Needs Makeover

Gerald Farinas

6/26/2007 2:00 pm

News

Pope changes rules for electing successor

kal

12/6/2006 12:10 pm

News

Vatican archaeologists unearth tomb believed to be St. Paul’s

Nothing wrong, just gone

1/19/2006 3:00 pm

News

"Intelligent design" not science: Vatican paper

Brandon

12/16/2005 2:00 pm

News

Vatican official slams Iran over Holocaust remark

off_to_DC

12/5/2005 12:35 pm

General

Pope set to abolish limbo

Nothing wrong, just gone

10/9/2005 9:00 pm

Announcement

Vatican Beatifies "Lion of Münster"

User 13

9/15/2005 10:10 am

News

Vatican to Check U.S. Seminaries on Gay Presence

SC Moose

6/17/2005 1:00 pm

News

Vatican Suspends Priest's Beatification

Nothing wrong, just gone

5/23/2005 7:00 pm

News

Vatican: No Plans for Degallado Probe

Nothing wrong, just gone

5/15/2005 11:00 pm

News

Benedict selects American as defender of church doctrine

particleman

4/8/2005 10:35 pm

News

Leaders Come Together at Pope's Funeral

New York Democrat

6/4/2004 12:00 am

News

Bush Meets With the Pope at the Vatican; Bush Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pope

Gerald Farinas

5/24/2002 12:00 am

News

No Medical Marijuana at Vatican Pharmacy

PragCon 3.0

10/14/2003 12:00 am

News

Faith Fades Where It Once Burned Strong

karin1492


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