SILVER CELEBRATORY COIN 10 EURO 80th Anniversary of Vatican City State

 SILVER CELEBRATORY COIN 10 EURO 80th Anniversary of Vatican City State  

“A small territory for a great mission”. Those are the words of the Holy Father Benedict XVI when he addressed participants at a Study Congress for the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Lateran Pacts on 11 February 1929. In his address, the Holy Father offered the following description of Vatican City: “The Civitas Vaticana is, in truth, an almost invisible point on the geographical maps of the world, a minute and defenceless State unequipped with dreaded armies, seemingly insignificant in the great international geo-political strategies. Yet this visible guarantee of the absolute independence of the Holy See was and is the centre of outreach of a constant action on behalf of solidarity and the common good. And is it not perhaps true that for this very reason this small piece of land is watched everywhere with great attention? Vatican State, which contains treasures of faith, history and art, preserves a precious patrimony for all humanity. From its heart, where the Pope lives close to the tomb of St Peter, a ceaseless message rises of true social progress, of hope, of reconciliation and of peace. Now, this State of ours, after solemnly commemorating the 80th anniversary of its foundation, continues on its way with greater apostolic zeal.”