nounusually the Vatican
1The palace and official residence of the Pope in Rome.
- 1.1Used in reference to the Pope and the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.‘the Vatican is currently engaged in secret talks to bring them back into the Catholic fold’
- ‘the Vatican received some 35,000 documents in support of the cause’
- ‘The money raised went straight to the church and to the Vatican.’
- ‘Barcelona's archbishop - who sees Gaudi as belonging to the tradition of religious mystics - put their case to the Vatican, which in 1999 agreed in record-breaking time to start the process.’
- ‘Many high-ranking officials in the Guatemalan government were members of religious orders that staunchly uphold the position of the Vatican.’
- ‘His nomination by Cork clergy as their bishop was not ratified by the Vatican.’
- ‘It's important to remember that Cardinal Martino doesn't represent the official opinion of the Vatican.’
- 1.1Used in reference to the Pope and the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mid 16th century via French from Latin Vaticanus, the name of a hill in Rome.
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