Article Holy See



  • Vatican: The Holy See – official web site; available in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese


  • Supreme Court or Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (consists of the cardinal prefect, who serves as ex-officio president of the court, and 2 other cardinals of the Prefect Signatura); note – judicial duties were established by the Motu Proprio, papal directive, of Pope PIUS XII on 1 May 1946; most Vatican City criminal matters are handled by the Republic of Italy courts [from the World Factbook]


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Last Updated: 04/27/2021

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Holy See
Subject Headings
-  executive powers
-  government
-  judicial powers
-  judiciary
-  law
-  law library
-  legal guides
-  legal research
-  legislative powers
-  supreme court
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