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How to get the Vatican citizenship

2013-09-22

Withonly 109 acres and 619 citizens, the Vatican City stands as the smallest state of all.


Only a selected few receive Vatican citizenship, like Cardinals living in Rome, some diplomats and special staff of the Vatican. To get it, you must work for the Holy See. And not only that: it all depends on the charge you hold or the job you carry out.

CARLO CARRIERI
Vatican City State Governate

"There must be a very close connection to the Holy See with the function developed, as the law commands. Still, there maybe exceptions if the Pope decides to authorize some special case”.

In the past being a Vatican citizen wasn't that difficult. Since the constitution of the Vatican State in 1929, the law stated that the citizenship was automatically granted to all of its inhabitants. Benedict XVI changed that in 2011. Now only 249 of the 455 living there have a Vatican passport.

CARLO CARRIERI
Vatican City State Governate

"The new times demanded an update. Still, what the law regulates has always been that to get the Vatican citizenship or the permission to live in the Vatican City State, you must work for the Holy See.”

So, it's not just the size that makes the Vatican different: also the way it grants citizenship. It's not enough to live there for a long time and it doesn't matter where you were born: it all depends on the job you hold.


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