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Holy See (Vatican City)

Use the tabs below to find online resources about Holy See (Vatican City) from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.

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BBC News Profile - Vatican
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Holy See (Vatican City)
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

IAEA - Holy See (Vatican City State)
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

ITC - Holy See
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

UNESCO World Heritage - Holy See
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.

United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Holy See
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Vatican City
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Vatican City.
Find Articles & More Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Free database provides access to European Union treaties, legislation, case-law, parliamentary questions, legislative proposals, the Official Journal of the European Union, and the European Court Reports.

Statistical data and publications from the European Commission.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.
Embassy of the United States to the Holy See
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. to the Holy See.

EU Relations with Holy See (Vatican)
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with Holy See.

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Holy See
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Holy See from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

U.S. Department of State - Holy See
U.S.-Holy See relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
  • Background Notes - Holy See
    Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
Gendarme Corps
Responsible for security and the enforcement of laws, as well as providing police protection for all persons and buildings within the city-state.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The OSCE is responsible for post-conflict elections, human rights and regional military stabilization. There are 56 participating states (including Holy See).
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on the Holy See (Vatican City).


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
holy see or vatican and histor* holy see or vatican and histor*
holy see or vatican and politic* holy see or vatican and politic*
holy see or vatican
(government publications only)
holy see or vatican
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

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