Papal States(redirected from Pontifical State)
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A group of territories in central Italy ruled by the popes from 754 until 1870. They were originally given to the papacy by Pepin the Short and reached their greatest extent in 1859. The last papal state—the Vatican City—was formally established as a separate state by the Lateran Treaty of 1929.
(Historical Terms) the temporal domain of the popes in central Italy from 756 ad until the unification of Italy in 1870. Also called: States of the Church
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|Noun||1.||Papal States - the temporal dominions belonging to the pope (especially in central Italy)|
pl (Hist) → Kirchenstaat m