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Holy See

n. Roman Catholic Church
1. The see of the bishop of Rome.
2. The authority, jurisdiction, and governmental functions associated with the papacy.

Holy See

n
1. (Roman Catholic Church) the see of the pope as bishop of Rome and head of the Church
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the Roman curia

Ho′ly See′


n.
the see of the pope.
[1755–65]
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Noun1.Holy See - the smallest sovereign state in the world; the see of the Pope (as the Bishop of Rome); home of the Pope and the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church; achieved independence from Italy in 1929
capital of Italy, Eternal City, Italian capital, Rome, Roma - capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
Citta del Vaticano, Vatican City - the capital of the State of the Vatican City
Translations
Heiliger Stuhl
Pyhä istuin
Santa SedeSede Apostolica
Heliga stolen
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This Note first explores the historical background and current status of the Holy See, the State of Vatican City, and the Roman Catholic Church.
In the era of modern nation-states, the church leadership looked after its interests through a system of agreements, or concordats, between the Holy See, the headquarters of the church (since the 1929 Lateran pacts with Mussolini, housed in the sovereign 108-acre microstate of Vatican City in Rome), and national governments.
For many, it is clear that the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic church, is not a state.