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The State of Vatican City. An independent city state where the Pope, the head of the Catholic Church, rules.

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What does China have to gain from improving its relationship with the Holy See?

Relations between the Holy See and the PRC have been strained over various issues, especially the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) policy of restricting religious activities and the appointment of ...
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Why is the embassy in Bern or Vienna rather than Rome accredited to the Holy See?

India has usually accredited its embassy at Bern, Switzerland to the Holy See. But recently, India's ambassador to Austria was given charge of being the ambassador to the Holy See. However, doesn't ...
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Who is the sovereign of the Vatican between papal elections?

The pope of the Roman Catholic Church is the head of state of the Vatican City state. But between the death or resignation of one pope and the election of the next, there is an interregnum. While in ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a contingency plan for the case that the pope and all cardinals are dead?

Most modern democratic countries have a chain of command which can be triggered in case of disastrous events and is intended to ensure the continuity of the functioning of the country. This chain of ...
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Can the Pope be impeached?

Generally, an appointment to the papacy is for life, but on several occasions, most recently Benedict XVI in 2013, the Pope has resigned from the post. This means that the Catholic Church recognises ...
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Why does China have no diplomatic relations with the Holy See?

Originally, I thought it made perfect sense for China to have no diplomatic relations with a small Catholic nation like the Holy See. However, I looked at a map that showed me that many countries with ...
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Why is French a diplomatic language for the Holy See?

I was reading about the government for the Holy See and found out that French is used as a diplomatic language for the nation. This seems rather odd to me since the nation is closest to Italy (to the ...
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What exactly is the "pontifical secret"?

Pope Francis "has abolished the pontifical secret in the case of sexual violence and the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy" (see here). I've been reading Wikipedia about the "...
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What is the process of transposing EU directives for Vatican?

According to Wikipedia, Holy See - EU relations are somewhat strange: Vatican is unable to join EU because it is not a free market democracy being surrounded by Italy makes it de facto within the EU ...
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Does the Vatican City/Holy See have a form of Security Clearance?

As far as I know, every sovereign nation has a form of security clearance to deal with matters of their national security. If you do a quick search of this topic you will find a link about security ...
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Pickpockets in St Peter's Square

I read that the Lateran Treaty (which created the Vatican City State) specifically allows Italian police to patrol St. Peter's Square, even though the square is within Vatican City. Practically, what ...
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How does the Pope influence politics in countries where there is a separation between Church and State?

I do not know how the Pope's activity is covered in Western media, but local media in my country (Romania) covers all the important meetings of the Pope. Many of these meetings are with important ...
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What is the meaning and significance of the privilege of French Presidents to impose the biretta on the nuncio?

The King of France, and the French Presidents after them, had been given by the Pope, the privilege to impose to the nuncio, the ambassador of Vatican, in France to wear the biretta. What are the ...
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Can the Vatican legally declare war?

Joseph Stalin once famously quipped: "The Pope! How many divisions has he got?" Technically speaking, the pope IS a secular ruler of a country that holds an observer status at the UN, and as far as I'...
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