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Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has called on the United Nations to promote “responsibility for those who come after us”, in the areas of climate change and justice for the poor. Archbishop Bernardito Auza's words came in an address to a high-level ... See more..
The Irish Catholic 
Ireland and the Holy See “have some different perspectives” but share a belief in working for a just world, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs as he officially reopened the Irish chancery to the Holy See. Following a meeting with Archbishop Paul ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
That is the message of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, who was invited this week to address the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Trafficking in persons in conflict situations ... See more..
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Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Vatican representative to the United Nations in Geneva, on Friday addressed the Human Rights Council on the 'moral ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
My Delegation shares in a particular way the concern of the RFoM about freedom of expression, free media and free information. At the same time, the Holy See is convinced, as Pope Francis stressed during the audience for the Italian National Council of ... See more..
In a news-making statement released on Ash Wednesday, Marie Collins, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014 to serve on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, announced her resignation. Collins ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, on Wednesday reaffirmed that life is sacred from conception to natural death in a meeting at the UN ... See more..
Catholic News Service 
Louis Bono, who temporarily heads the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in the absence of an ambassador, is pictured at the embassy in Rome March 7. Bono said ties between the U.S. and the Holy See won't change during the administration of President ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
Participants in the workshop included Britain's Ambassadors to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, and to Austria, Leigh Turner, along with Hungary's Ambassador to the Holy See, Eduard Habsburg, and Professor Giovanni Maria Vian, Director of the Osservatore ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva called on participants to recognize religious freedom as a fundamental human right. He said, “Protection is one of the key elements surrounding any debate on religious freedom as a ... See more..
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Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy)

Total 0.44 sq km
Land 0.44 sq km
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839 (July 2013 est.)
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The Holy See is supported financially by a variety of sources, including investments, real estate income, and donations from Catholic individuals, dioceses, and institutions; these help fund the Roman Curia (Vatican bureaucracy), diplomatic missions, and media outlets. Moreover, an annual collection taken up in dioceses and from direct donations go to a non-budgetary fund, known as Peter's Pence, which is used directly by the Pope for charity, disaster relief, and aid to churches in developing nations. Donations increased between 2010 and 2011. The separate Vatican City State budget includes the Vatican museums and post office and is supported financially by ...See More the sale of stamps, coins, medals, and tourist mementos; by fees for admission to museums; and by publication sales. Its revenues increased between 2010 and 2011 because of expanded opening hours and a growing number of visitors. However, the Holy See has not escaped the financial difficulties engulfing other European countries; in 2012 it started a spending review to determine where to cut costs to reverse its 2011 budget deficit of 15 million euros. Most public expenditures go to wages and other personnel costs; the incomes and living standards of lay workers are comparable to those of counterparts who work in the city of Rome. Show Less ;
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printing; production of coins, medals, postage stamps; mosaics and staff uniforms; worldwide banking and financial activities