the Vatican


: the place in Rome where the Pope lives and works
: the government of the Roman Catholic Church
The Vatican has announced a new appointment.
a Vatican official

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Eduard Habsburg, Viktor Orban’s man at the Vatican, took the post after a career as a zombie movie screenwriter, novelist and cartoon producer. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 After some behind-the-scenes diplomacy, the company retrieved the book—then worth an estimated $60,000—from the Vatican. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2023 The illness is not COVID-19; Francis will remain at Gemelli Hospital in Rome for several days of treatment, according to the Vatican. Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune, 29 Mar. 2023 Pope Francis has been hospitalized with a respiratory infection, according to the Vatican. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2023 Perry and Bloom visit the Vatican. Starr Bowenbank, ELLE, 28 Feb. 2023 Headlined by Russell Crowe, the film centers on the Vatican's chief exorcist, who is investigating a young boy's possession and uncovers a greater mystery to uncover. Justine Browning,, 16 Apr. 2023 And Crowe grabs a crucifix and faces possessed folks in a film based on the real-life scary work of Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's chief exorcist for 36 years. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 Pope Francis leads the Easter Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Elizabeth Kuhr, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2023 See More

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“The Vatican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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