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    Holy See (Vatican City) Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: The Holy See (State of the Vatican City)
      conventional short form: Holy See (Vatican City)
      local long form: Santa Sede (Stato della Citta del Vaticano)
      local short form: Santa Sede (Citta del Vaticano)

      Data code VT

      Government type monarchical-sacerdotal state

      National capital Vatican City

      Independence 11 February 1929 (from Italy)

      National holiday Installation Day of the Pope, 22 October (1978) (John Paul II)
      note: Pope John Paul II was elected on 16 October 1978

      Constitution Apostolic Constitution of 1967 (effective 1 March 1968)

      Legal system NA

      Suffrage limited to cardinals less than 80 years old

      Executive branch
      chief of state : Pope JOHN PAUL II (Karol WOJTYLA; since 16 October 1978)
      head of government: Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Cardinal SODANO (since NA 1991)
      cabinet: Pontifical Commission appointed by Pope
      elections: pope elected for life by the College of Cardinals; election last held16 October 1978 (next to be held after the death of the current pope); secretaryof state appointed by the pope
      election results: Karol WOJTYLA elected pope

      Legislative branch unicameral Pontifical Commission

      Judicial branch none; normally handled by Italy

      Political parties and leaders none

      Political pressure groups and leaders none (exclusive of influence exercised by church officers)

      International organization participation IAEA, ICFTU, Intelsat, IOM (observer), ITU, OAS (observer), OSCE, UN(observer), UNCTAD, UNHCR, UPU, WIPO, WToO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Apostolic Pro-Nuncio Archbishop Agostino CACCIAVILLAN
      chancery : 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 333-7121

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Raymond L. FLYNN
      embassy: Villa Domiziana, Via Delle Terme Deciane 26, Rome 00153
      mailing address: PSC 59, APO AE 09624
      telephone : [39] (6) 46741
      FAX: [39] (6) 5758346, 57300682

      Flag description two vertical bands of yellow (hoist side) and white with the crossedkeys of Saint Peter and the papal miter centered in the white band

      NOTE: The information regarding Holy See (Vatican City) on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Holy See (Vatican City) Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Holy See (Vatican City) Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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