The palace of the Pope: so called because it stands on the Vatican Hill. Strictly speaking, the Vatican consists of the Papal palace, the court and garden of Belvidere, the library, and the museum.
“The sun of the Vatican sheds glory over the Catholic world.” —The Times.
The thunders of the Vatican. The anathenias of the Pope, which are issued from the Vatican. The Council of the Vatican. The twenty-first General or OEcumenical Council. It commenced in 1869, Pius IX. being Pope. (See Councils.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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