View Full Version : If I were going to send a letter to the Pope . .

05-31-2002, 09:43 AM
. . how would it be addressed? Listening to a few people argue about it, I figured what better place than here to ask the question.

The basic argument appears to center on whether there is a Vatican in Vatican City or if the Vatican is also Vatican City. The original question posed was : "Where is the Vatican located?" The answer, "In Vatican City."

One side of the argument says it's located in Rome, and that the Vatican and Vatican City are one and the same.

The other side says that the Vatican itself is in Vatican City, which is located within Rome.

Who's right?

05-31-2002, 10:25 AM
His Holiness, John Paul II PP.
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Citta del Vaticano, Italy

But I really doubt that second line is required.

05-31-2002, 10:27 AM
The official name of the state is "State of the City of Vatican" (Stato della Cittą del Vaticano in Italian); the country abbreviation on cars is SCV, but the post stamps sold in the Vatican's post offices clearly say "Cittą del Vaticano", so my guess would be "City of Vatican" is alright becase Vatican and Vatican City are the same.

05-31-2002, 10:30 AM
From the official Vatican City website (http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm) the address for the Press Office (the only thing I could find with an address) is given as:

Via della Conciliazione 54

05-31-2002, 10:49 AM
By the way, don't forget to use his official title (http://www.catholic.net/rcc/Periodicals/Faith/may-june99/Code.html), unless you want to appear impolite:

Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of Vatican City State

fixed link - DrMatrix

05-31-2002, 11:59 AM
Primate being, in this case, "A bishop of highest rank in a province or country" (according to the dictionary).


05-31-2002, 12:32 PM

Sorry for the mess with the link, btw.