residence of the Pope at Rome, so named from being built on the lower slopes of
the Vatican Hill; figuratively, the name used to signify the papal power and
influence, and by extension, the whole Church." (Catholic Dictionary)
It is considered "the
administrative center and world headquarters of the Catholic Church."
The Vatican is located
in the independent nation of Vatican City (or Vatican City State). Vatican City
is "the smallest independent nation state in the world by size and population".
It is surrounded by Rome, Italy and takes its name from Vatican Hill, where it
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