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Vatican City: Independent papal state in the city of Rome
Vatican City, officially the Vatican City State, is the Holy See's independent city-state enclaved within Rome, Italy. Established with the Lateran Treaty (1929), it is a distinct territory under "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" of the Holy See, itself a sovereign entity of international law, which maintains the city state's temporal, diplomatic, and spiritual independence. With an area of 49 hectares and a population of about 825, it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population.

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Vatican museums reopen with no crowds [Video]

Vatican museums reopen with no crowds

The Vatican Museums reopened its majestic doors on June 1, ending a three-month closure. Joe Davies reports.

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Pope To World Leaders: Help Needy Now, But Plan On Long-Term Change [Video]

Pope To World Leaders: Help Needy Now, But Plan On Long-Term Change

Pope Francis presided at an outdoor prayer service in the Vatican on Saturday, with about 130 people in attendance. According to Reuters, it was the largest gathering there in nearly three months. Most..

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Vatican workers scrub-down St. Peter's Basilica [Video]

Vatican workers scrub-down St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican workers sanitized every inch of the interior of the stunning St. Peter's Basilica on Friday (May 15), as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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Vatican disinfects St Peter's Basilica ahead of resumption of worship [Video]

Vatican disinfects St Peter's Basilica ahead of resumption of worship

The Vatican has started to disinfect St Peter's Basilica as it prepares to welcome worshippers back for masses from May 18. It is not yet known when Pope Francis will next preside over mass in person,..

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Vatican, Italy start return to religious normal as public Masses resume

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Polish archbishop refers child abuse negligence case to Vatican

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