The Vatican, or the Holy See, is the seat of the Bishop of Rome or the Holy Father. It is the principal episcopal see of the Catholic Church which dates back to early Christianity, and today is a sovereign state governed by international law. Since 1929 it has maintained diplomatic, temporal and spiritual independence from Italy through the Lateran Treaty.
ABOUT CHURCHMARKETPLACE Fully endorsed by the Catholic Bishops’ conference of England and Wales and the Catholic Education Service and run on a not-for-profit basis, Churchmarketplace exists to serve Catholic mission through a one Church approach to procurement. Networking with dioceses and their leads, we respond to present and future needs, developing and leading national solutions in a one Church approach, saving time and money for all. Across three platforms - one dedicated to dioceses and their parishes, and two to Catholic educational establishments - Churchmarketplace leverages the buying power of the Catholic Church to put in place public procurement compliant pre-vetted suppliers, ensures cost efficiencies, consistency, and harnesses innovation while safeguarding the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching and promoting Catholic life and Mission. PARISH SERVICE Parishes simply need to register for a free account at Churchmarketplace to browse the range of service categories and suppliers. Services include: • green energy • office supplies • photocopiers • live streaming • computer hardware and software • fire, health & safety products View the Church Marketplace 2023 Service overview here. Churchmarketplace website: https://www.churchmarketplace.org.uk