The Vatican announced and already implemented Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on Feb. 28. The sudden announcement caught Catholics around the world off guard- becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years. This puts focus once again not only on the Papacy itself but the Vatican structure itself. Below are some quick historical facts and some oddities on Vatican City:
How did the Vatican City Come into Existence.
|This is a souvenir of the creation of the Vatican State by the Lateran Pacts. Its “trinity” of |
King Victor Emmanuel III, Pope Pius XIand Il Duce (The Leader) Benito Mussolini celebrates the
new unity of temporal and spiritual authority. This accommodation between church and state was
called the “peace of Laetitia” (pax Laetitia) after the Roman Goddess of Joy. However, it helped legitimize
a regime that by 1929 had already spread terror by political assassination, military tribunals and a police state.
What is the capital of Vatican City?
Random FACTS and ODDITIES:
|St. Peter's Basilica from the River Tiber. The iconic dome dominates the skyline of Rome.|
| Pope Benedict XVI receives greetings from Roman Curia and pontifical family |
at the Clementina Hall on December 22, 2008 in Vatican City, Vatican.
|The Vatican City has its own post office.|
|former Pope; Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, Rome, 2010|
|Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel|
|Institute for Works of ReligionIstituto per le Opere di Religione|