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Learn more about Holy See (Vatican City).
Flag of Holy See (Vatican City) Holy See (Vatican City)
Population: 921 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Vatican City
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An Introduction to Holy See (Vatican City)
Popes in their secular role ruled portions of the Italian peninsula for more than a thousand years until the mid 19th century, when many of the Papal States were seized by the newly united Kingdom of Italy. In 1870, the pope's holdings were further circumscribed when Rome itself was annexed. Disputes between a series of "prisoner" popes and Italy were resolved in 1929 by three Lateran Treaties, which established the independent state of Vatican City and granted Roman Catholicism special status in Italy. In 1984, a concordat between the Holy See and Italy modified certain of the earlier treaty provisions, including the primacy of Roman Catholicism as the Italian state religion. Present concerns of the Holy See include religious freedom, international development, the Middle East, terrorism, the failing health of Pope JOHN PAUL II, interreligious dialogue and reconciliation, and the application of church doctrine in an era of rapid change and globalization. About 1 billion people worldwide profess the Catholic faith.

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Map of Holy See (Vatican City) ( Location ) : 41 54 N, 12 27 E, Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy). For additional reports and educational information specific to Holy See (Vatican City), refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Holy See (Vatican City) Flag
Two vertical bands of yellow (hoist side) and white with the crossed keys of Saint Peter and the papal miter centered in the white band.

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