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.

The Vatican

Visit the official website of the Holy See The Vatican Website

Vatican News

The latest updates on Pope Francis, the Holy See and the Catholic Church. Vatican News

Vatican Media

Watch live broadcasts including the Pope's weekly General Audience and a range of services via the Dicastery for Communication Vatican Media

L'osservatore Romano

The Vatican Newspaper Vatican Newspaper