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Holy See


The Holy See (Latin: Sancta Sedes, "holy chair") is the episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome. It is the preeminent episcopal see of the Catholic Church, forming the central government of the Church. As such, diplomatically, and in other spheres the Holy See acts and speaks for the whole Roman Catholic Church. It is also recognized by other subjects of international law as a sovereign entity, headed by the Pope, with which diplomatic relations can be maintained.

Although it is often referred to by the term "the Vatican", the Holy See is not the same entity as the Vatican City State, which came into existence only in 1929, while the Holy See, the episcopal see of Rome, dates back to early Christian times. Ambassadors are officially accredited not to the Vatican City State but to "the Holy See," and papal representatives to states and international organizations are recognized as representing the Holy See, not the Vatican City State.


World Papal Transition 2013 backgrounder the world
Why Mexico and Cuba?
Visita Apostólica del Papa Benedicto XVI a Cuba y México
Vatican site on 2012 Apostolic Journey to Cuba and Mexico
Vatican Official Says Pope Benedict XVI to Address Violence During Mexico Visit
Vatican News Service Spanish
USCCB President Welcomes New Nuncio
USCCB Liturgical Resources for the Papal Transition
United in Charity and Around the Successor of Peter
Unidos en torno a la Caridad y al Sucesor de Pedro
Una reflexión sobre Cuba, la caridad, y la paz
The popemobile
The Life and Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI: A timeline
The Life and Ministry of Blessed John Paul II
The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
The Catholic Church in Mexico
The Catholic Church in Cuba
The Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II
Statement of USCCB President Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
Spanish Vatican Website on 2012 Cuba Mexico Trip
Spanish prayer for Pope Benedict XVI card
Spanish prayer card for electing a new pope
Spanish bulletin insert how a pope is chosem
Schedule for Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Cuba and Mexico
Renuncia del papa Benedicto pondrá en marcha período de transición
Reaching out to our Cuban Neighbors
Protests Ramp up Ahead of Papal Trip to Cuba; Arrests Decried
Pope reviews trip to Mexico, Cuba, says religious freedom is needed
Pope John XXIII Notable Quotes
Pope John XXIII Encyclicals
Pope John XXIII Biography
Pope John Paul II Notable Quotes
Pope Francis’ Ring and Pallium
Pope Francis Videos
Pope Francis starts first day with Marian prayer, bill paying
pope francis prayer card and photo
Pope Francis Encyclicals
Pope Francis Biography Graphic
Pope Francis
Pope Calls for Patience in Fight to Bring Freedom to Communist Cuba
Pope bids warm farewell to Mexico, heads to Cuba
Pope Benedict XVI Will Find Much Catholic History in Mexican State of Guanajuato
Pope Benedict XVI Videos
pope benedict xvi retrospective spanish
pope benedict xvi retrospective english
Pope Benedict XVI Graphics & Downloads
Pintura, masilla y programas impresos: cubanos se preparan para papa Benedicto
Para cubanoamericanos cambio generacional es paralelo a cambios en isla
Papal Visit 2015
Papal Transition backgrounder 2013 - women
Papal Transition 2013 backgrounder vocations
Papal Transition 2013 backgrounder sexual abuse
Papal Transition 2013 backgrounder Pope Benedict
Papal Transition 2013 backgrounder Jewish relations
Papal Transition 2013 backgrounder Hispanics
Papa Francis Gráfico Biografía
papa benedicto xvi
No hay muchos sacerdotes ni seminaristas, pero sí mucho entusiasmo por el futuro de la iglesia cubana
News and Background Information on Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Mexico and Cuba
Multitasking the key to many Cuban church functions
Multiprocesos claves para muchas funciones eclesiásticas cubanas
Mexican Bishops' website for 2012 papal visit
Mexican Archbishop: Pope to Address Poverty, Insecurity during Visit
Lumen Fidei - The Light of Faith
Joy of the Gospel pope’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation
Joy of the Gospel
John Paul II's Visits to the United States
John Paul II's Journeys Outside of Italy
Inside the Conclave Large Version
Inside the Conclave
In Mexico and Cuba, papal trip to highlight local and regional issues
Important dates in the life of Pope John Paul II
Iglesia cubana se ha tornado más pública en una cultura rápidamente cambiante
How Is a New Pope Chosen?
Hombre de negocios cubanoamericano insta a comunicación con la isla y organiza viaje
Holy See
Few priests, few seminarians, but enthusiasm for Cuban church’s future
Expressing Solidarity with Our Holy Father and the Church in Cuba
English prayer for Pope Benedict XVI card
English Prayer Card for Electing a new Pope
English bulletin insert how a pope is chosen
En retrospección, renuncia del papa Benedicto parece casi predecible
El Palio y el Anillo del Papa Francisco
Cuban Bishops Announce Marian Jubilee Year to Include Papal Visit
Copy of Pope Francis
Citing Health Reasons, Pope Benedict Announces he will Resign
Cardinal Electors from the United States
Canonizations During the Pontificate of John Paul II
booklet order of mass pope francis inaugural
Blessed John XXIII: From Humble Beginnings to a Lasting Legacy
Biography of Pope Benedict XVI
Beatifications During Pope John Paul II's Pontificate
Backgrounder-Ordinariate of the chair of st peter
Aumentan protestas antes de viaje papal a Cuba; arrestos censurados
Apostolic Visit to Cuba & Mexico: Reflections & Commentary
2012 Apostolic Journey to Mexico and to the Republic of Cuba
¿Por qué México y Cuba?

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