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- n. the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state
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Of these agreements the Lateran Treaty proper restored the temporal power of the pope, who was to rule over Vatican City, a small section of Rome (108.7 acres) around St. Peter's and the Vatican, in full sovereignty.
The international position of the Holy See was clarified by the Lateran Treaty in 1929.
In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
To put people in prison for what they think is reminiscent of a time when those who thought differently had castor oil poured down their throats "- a reference to the Fascist era, when the Lateran Treaty was enacted.