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Holy See (Vatican City) Government

    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

    Capital: Vatican City

    Independence: 11 February 1929 (from Italy)

    National holiday: Installation Day of the Pope (John Paul II), 22 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 (since 16 October 1978)
    head of government: Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Cardinal SODANO (since 2 December 1990)
    cabinet: Pontifical Commission appointed by the pope
    elections: pope elected for life by the College of Cardinals; election last held 16 October 1978 (next to be held after the death of the current pope); secretary of 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), OPCW, OSCE, UN (observer), UNCTAD, UNHCR, UPU, WIPO, WToO (observer)

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

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Corrine C. BOGGS
    embassy: Villa Domiziana, Via Delle Terme Deciane 26, 00153 Rome
    mailing address: PSC 59, Box F, APO AE 09624
    telephone: [39] (06) 46741
    FAX: [39] (06) 5758346, 57300682

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

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