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What’s the difference between St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican?

To clear up any confusion we need to define some terminology:
  1. Vatican City is a city-state with clearly defined borders. It is an independent country presided over by the Holy See (the Catholic church's jurisdiction) entirely within Italy's confines, with its own leader (the Pope), currency (Vatican-issued euro), security force (the Swiss Guards), post … Continue Reading ››