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Vatican City State Legal Research Guide

This research guide is aimed at assisting legal researchers at the Catholic University of America in finding information about the structure and organization of the temporal law of the Vatican City State (VCS).

Internet Resources

Researchers who turn to the Internet for resources on the VCS’s legal system are likely to be disappointed.  The Vatican’s website is primarily devoted to disseminating information from and about the Holy See, rather than the VCS.  The Vatican website does contain the text (in html not pdf format) of selected papal documents dating back to Pope Leo XIII (1878), and should therefore be considered a potential source for the text of apostolic constitutions and motu proprios that apply to the VCS.


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