[APG Public List] Re: Suicide in the Early Twentieth Century

Stephen Danko stephen at stephendanko.com
Tue Mar 2 12:50:39 MST 2010

"As far as the Pope's physician being involved: was this physician actually an official at the Vatican? It sounds, to me, more as if the relevant inquest would be a matter for the Italian government, not the Vatican."

The State of the Vatican City was created in 1929 as a result of the Lateran Treaty. The Pope is the head of state, officially known as the Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City. The State of the Vatican City is currently the only absolute monarchy in Europe, since the Pope has full and absolute executive, legislative, and judicial authority there.

The Corpo della Gendarmeria dello Stato della Città del Vaticano (Gendarmerie Corps of the Vatican City State) is responsible for crime prevention and investigation, police protection, and traffic control.

The head of the Department of Health and Welfare has a medical degree and is appointed by the Pope. The department includes a permanent healthcare staff including doctors and surgeons in various disciplines.

The Italian government has no jurisdiction within the State of the Vatican City.

Stephen J. Danko, PhD, PLCGS

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