«Catholics are not even allowed to think». This thought does not come from the corridors of the Vatican Secretariat of State. There is a whole world made up of Catholics that are not – and that do not intend to be – part of the Vatican Hierarchy. This world is inspired by Christian values [...]
The Holy See has always had a special relationship with Italy. First of all, the Pope lives in Rome. Second, it has a detailed agreement with the Italian Government -partly regarding also those ecclesiastic properties in Piedmont that were confiscated 150 years ago after the Italian Unification.
Third, Italian politicians hold a substantial influence [...]
Every year, the 18th of February, a ceremony is given in the Italian Embassy to the Holy See to commemorate the agreements between Italy and Holy See (Patti Lateranensi, 11th of February 1929; and the revision of Patti Lateranensi, 18th of February 1984). The protocol of the ceremony is very strict. First step, a [...]
On 11th of February 1929, an historic treaty was signed between the Italian Government and the Vatican re-establishing the political power and diplomatic standing of the Catholic Church, which had been lost when Italy seized Rome, the last of Papal States, on September 20th, 1870.
Every year, on February the 11th, Osservatore [...]