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Is Vatican City a theocracy?

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Is Vatican City a theocracy?

Vatican City:

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is located within the city of Rome. When the Lateran Treaty of 1929 was signed, Italy recognized Vatican City as an autonomous nation, and Vatican City accepted Italy as an independent country with Rome as its capital.

Answer and Explanation:

Vatican City is a theocracy and an absolute monarchy. The United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) lists the country as an ecclesiastical elective monarchy. Vatican City is a Roman Catholic bastion of power, and the pope, which as of 2019, is Pope Francis I, is the head and/or chief of state. The government is led by President Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

Vatican City has a legislature that is called the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, which consists of one chamber and eight members, and a judiciary that goes by the title, Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. All positions are held by Roman Catholic clergy.


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