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Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has expressed its concern for “the grave, widespread, and apparently planned attacks against the civilian population, religious institutions, and faith-based organizations” in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in ... See more..
Crux: Covering all things Catholic 
Pope Francis has not mentioned Venezuela since an extraordinary meeting with the nation's bishops on June 8. Is this silence a sign the Vatican's diplomatic ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
Fr. Michael Czerny, Undersecretary of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Holy See, made the appeal on Monday to the United Nations in Geneva. Condemning the exploitation of migrants by smugglers and human traffickers, Fr. Czerny said legal ... See more..
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Vatican Radio 
The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel met today, 13th June 2017, in Vatican City, at the Plenary level, to continue negotiations pursuant to the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, made the appeal to the Human Rights Council in response to a Special Report on Physical and Mental Health. He said the issue of mental health problems has “too long ... See more..
Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has appealed to the international community to face global challenges with solidarity and cooperation between nations. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, made the appeal at ... See more..
National Catholic Reporter (blog) 
"The Holy See is global and U.S. interests are global, so the role of the American ambassador to the Holy See goes on any day from the Central African Republic to Venezuela to China to nuclear non-proliferation to bombing in Syria," reports Hackett. See more..
Washington Times 
America should welcome the nomination of Callista Gingrich as the 11th U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Mrs. Gingrich brings the necessary skill sets to navigate the sometimes labyrinthine interface between politics and the Catholic Church. See more..
Vatican Radio 
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See' Representative to the United Nations in New York is calling for vanity to be set aside in Venezuela and for common sense and humanity to motivate the leaders of both sides of the political divide, to mediate face to face ... See more..
Catholic News Agency 
Geneva, Switzerland, Jun 16, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's representative to the United Nations appealed Wednesday to the Human Rights Council to couple psychological treatment with spiritual care. In response to a recent report on ... 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