Vatican City

Vatican City is a sovereign city state within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an estimated land area of 44 hectares. It was established by the Lateran Treaty in 1929.

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What is the Roman Catholic Church- Flag Pictures?

It is the same with the flag of the Vatican.

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John Paul II

How many years did Pope John Paul serve as pope?

Pope John Paul II, born in 1920, was elected in 1978 at the very young age of 58 and served for over 26 years, dying in 2005 at the age of 84.

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Where is the Vatican?

The Vatican is located in Vatican City. Vatican City is a sovereign city state located internally within the city of Rome, Italy.
in Central Italy

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What are the geographic coordinates of Vatican City?

41 54n, 12 27e

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Where is the St Peter Basilica?

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St. Peter's Basilica (see below for the distinction) is located in Vatican City, a "sovereign city-state" (essentially an independent country) located entirely within the greater metropolitan area of Rome, Italy. See the Wikipedia entry "Vatican City" for more.

Many people mistake St. Peter's for a cathedral, but it is not the seat of a bishop; the Cathedral of Rome is San Giovanni Laterano.
Find out more about St. Peter's Basilica at http://vaticanart.net/st-peters-basilica-architecture

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What is Vatican City's state status?

It is an independent country - a city/state - the smallest country in the world.

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What is the Vatican?

The Vatican (Vatican City) is a separate state located within the city of Rome, Italy, that serves as the religious and administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church. It is the official home of the reigning Pope and the meeting place for the leaders, or cardinals, of the Church. It is recognized as its own country, one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe.
Vatican city is very beautiful. The gardens are extremely looked after and elegant. It measures only 44 hectare which equals around 110 acres. There are many famous and popular tourist attractions. Some of the tourist attractions are The Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum is huge. The museum measure just over 9 miles ( if you were only to look at each painting for 1 minute it would take you 4 years to get through the whole museum) The pope also has his own personal guards also known as the Swiss guards. these have to be male, have basic army training, be unmarried, have no children and last but not least be a Swiss catholic.

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English to Spanish

How do you say Vatican City in spanish?

Ciudad del Vaticano

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Death Rate

What is the death rate for Vatican City?

How am I supposed to know?...

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John Paul II

How many languages did pope john paul II speak?

From one of his Biographies:

"He was fluent in ten languages -- Polish, Latin, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Croatian, Portuguese, and Russian."

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Why is Vatican City separate from Italy?

The Vatican City is it's own nation. It is currently known as the smallest nation in the world

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What is the population of Vatican City?

The population varies from time to time but is generally about 850 permanent residents.

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What languages are spoken in Vatican City?

There is no official language of the Vatican. However, all of the most important documents issued by the Vatican are in Latin.

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Famous Artworks
The Mona Lisa

Is there a Mona Lisa painting at the Vatican Museum?

If so, it would only be a copy, because the REAL Mona Lisa is in the Louvre in Paris.

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Why does the pope live in Vatican City?

Early in the history of the Church the headquarters was Rome as that city was considered the center of the world. The Roman Empire had good roads and ships were readily available to travel to anywhere in the empire. Later, the Papal States, covering a broad swath of land in central Italy was ruled by the pope until it was lost during the Italian reunification in the 19th century. In 1929 the Lateran Treaty the Vatican was ceded to the Catholic Church as an independent sovereign city state. It has been the home of the pope since then. Before 1929 the pope lived in a variety of locations in Rome and for seven decades the pope lived in Avignon, France.

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What was the population of Vatican City in 2012?

932

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Which animal represents the Vatican City?

The Vatican has no native mammals so has no national mammal.

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Which religious leader lives in the Vatican City?

The Pope lives in the Vatican. In 2014 that would be Pope Francis.

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When was the Vatican built?

AnswerThe papal States were a group of territories in central Italy ruled by the popes from 754 until 1870. They included Vatican City. They were originally given to the papacy by Pepin the Short and reached their greatest extent in 1859. The last papal state the Vatican City was formally established as a separate state by the Lateran Treaty of 1929.

They did not "include Vatican City" but St. Peter's basilica, as the Vatican City State came about when it was "established as a separate state by the Lateran Treaty of 1929".

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What is the highest rank in the Pontifical Swiss Guard?

The Commandant of the Guard is an Oberst or Colonel.

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Is the veil that was used to wipe the face of Jesus in the Vatican?

There is no doubt that there was a physical image known and venerated as the Veil of Veronica, displayed in Rome in the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The history of that image is however, somewhat problematic. A relic in Saint Peter's basilica in Rome is purported to be the original veil, although it is widely regarded, at best, as a copy.

There was probably never really a veil used to wipe Jesus' face. The story begins with Luke 23:27-31, which tells us that certain women lamented as Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha. At this stage, there is no mention of Veronica or of anyone wiping Jesus' face. An early medieval story expanded on Luke's brief passage, saying that one of these women offered a cloth to wipe the face of Jesus which then resulted in a portrait on the cloth (a reproduction of which is now kept as a relic in Saint Peter's basilica in Rome). Her name was given as Veronica (vera + ikon = "true image"), and she now has a place in the popular exercise of the Stations of the Cross.


It seems unlikely that the medieval authors, well known for their pious creativity, could have known something that the author of Luke did not know. It is even more unlikely that the woman's name happened to coincide with what she was famous for in this story - wiping Jesus' face and receiving a true image of his face. We can say with some certainty that St. Veronica never lived, so no matter how ancient the veil held in the Vatican, it was not used to wipe Jesus' face.

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How many people can fit in Saint Peter's Basilica?

The capacity of St. Peter's Basilica is 60,000+ people

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Why was the Vatican built?

The Vatican was built over the site where St. Peter was buried. A Roman Emperor (I believe Constantine) had a grand church built over the small shrine which had once marked the grave of Peter. This Church was later cleared for the grander St. Peter's Basilica who's alter is still directly above the original grave of Peter. The other Vatican buildings were built nearby this grand church out of sheer desire to be close to the place where the first Bishop of Rome (Peter) was buried.

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How many cardinals are there in Vatican City?

As of 11/10/07 there are 183 Cardinals that have been appointed. Of these, 117 can vote for the next Pope. The difference of the two (183 - 117 = 66) are the total number of Cardinals that are over the age of 80, as no Cardinal over 80 can vote for the next Pope.

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Who lives in the Vatican?

The pope and Church officals and employees of the Vatican, including members of the Swiss Guard, live in the Vatican. There are about 800 residents of the Vatican.
The pope is the best known resident of the Vatican. However, there are between 800 and 850 residents of the tiny country that include some members of the Roman Curia, the Swiss Guard and other employees of the Vatican.

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