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  1. Vat·i·can
    IPA[ˈvadəkən]
  2. noun

    • 1. the palace and official residence of the Pope in Rome.

    • 2. used in reference to the Pope and the authority of the Roman Catholic Church:

      the Vatican is currently engaged in secret talks to bring them back into the Catholic fold the Vatican received some 35,000 documents in support of the cause
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: Vatican

    • noun

      the palace and official residence of the Pope in Rome.

      used in reference to the Pope and the authority of the Roman Catholic Church:

    • an independent papal state in the city of Rome, the seat of government of the Roman Catholic Church; population 1,000 (estimated 2015).
    • noun

      each of two general councils of the Roman Catholic Church, held in 1869–70 and 1962–65. The first (Vatican I) proclaimed the infallibility of the Pope when speaking ex cathedra; the second (Vatican II) made numerous reforms, abandoning the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledging ecumenism.
    • an independent papal state in the city of Rome, the seat of government of the Roman Catholic Church; population 1,000 (estimated 2015). It covers an area of 44 hectares (109 acres) around St Peter's Basilica and the palace of the Vatican. Having been suspended after the incorporation of the former Papal States into Italy in 1870, the temporal power of the Pope was restored by the Lateran Treaty of 1929.
    • noun

      each of two general councils of the Roman Catholic Church, held in 1869–70 and 1962–5. The first (Vatican I) proclaimed the infallibility of the Pope when speaking ex cathedra; the second (Vatican II) made numerous reforms, abandoning the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledging ecumenism.
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