I believe this topic has gotten many people confused before.
We’re now in Vatican City, but where in the world are we exactly?
Is it the Vatican City or Holy See? Are we still in Rome? Yes, maybe we’re still in Italy?
It is widely believed that the Vatican City and the Holy See are one and the same, whereas in reality they are not.
Although called Vatican City, Vatican City is actually a Country in it’s own right.
The Holy See is an episcopal designation, while Vatican City is primarily a political and diplomatic one.
Holy See dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of more than a billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe.
The term “Holy See” is derived from Latin; “Sancta Sedes”, meaning “Holy Chair.” The Holy See is the jurisdiction in Rome of the Catholic Church. In other words, it is similar to a government, which is not surprising considering that the Vatican is its own Country and has its own money and its own laws.
As the world’s smallest country, Vatican City occupies about .2 square miles, and is completely encircled by the city of Rome.
Other more notable differences include; Ordinances of Vatican City are published in Italian while official documents of the Holy See are issued mainly in Latin.
The two entities have distinct passports: the Holy See, not being a Country, issues only diplomatic and service passports whereas Vatican City being a Country, issues normal passports.
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