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VATICAN, August 20. /TASS/. The Holy See hopes for pragmatic approaches of the US Administration to the international issues, including fighting the climate change, Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in an exclusive interview ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin travels to Russia for a state visit on 21-24 August out of a desire to "build bridges and increase mutual understanding ... See more..
The Tidings 
“The Holy See believes that the rule of law, including respect for religious freedom and equality before the law based on the principle of citizenship and regardless of one's race, ethnic origin or religion, is fundamental toward the achievement and ... See more..
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Vatican Radio 
In 2008, the Holy See was finally able to appoint seven new bishops in Vietnam, and the bishops ordained hundreds of priests. This led to Archbishop Girelli being appointed a non-resident special envoy to Vietnam in 2011. The following year, Nguyen Phu ... See more.. 
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the former director of the Holy See Press Office, who has died aged 80, was a policy adviser and effective chief of staff to Pope John Paul II as well as the interpreter of his message to a billion Catholics and the world beyond. See more..
National Catholic Register 
VATICAN CITY — As tensions and deaths continue to rise in Venezuela over the government's push to rewrite the country's constitution, the Holy See has urged the country's leaders to hold off on the constitutional assembly and focus instead on ... See more..
Catholic Herald Online 
Twenty-five years after Soviet totalitarianism was thrown on the ash heap of history, with the dissolution of the evil empire itself, the world is witnessing in Venezuela the reprise of a familiar Cold War drama – the courageous cardinal defying a ... See more..
Total Croatia News 
In a recent interview, SDP president Davor Bernardić spoke about the issue of revision of treaties with the Holy See. Although he mentioned these contracts in the context of the new party manifesto, whose outlines should be known in the autumn, SDP ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
Pope Francis prays for Barcelona victims - The Director of the Holy See Press Office Greg Burke has said that Pope Francis was greatly disturbed by what had ... See more..
Catholic Culture 
Msgr. Simon Kassas, the chargé d'affaires of the Holy See's mission at the UN, underlined the Vatican's concern about continued violence in the Holy Land. “These broken records will play on,” he warned, “unless a viable solution to the Palestinian ... See more..
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Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy)

Total 0.44 sq km
Land 0.44 sq km
Water 0 sq km


temperate; mild, rainy winters (September to May) with hot, dry summers (May to September)
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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