The highest authority of the Catholic Church that is exercised by the Pope or Supreme Pontiff as the representative of Jesus Christ on earth. A See refers to a diocese; the Holy See refers to the diocese of Rome.
Refers to the pope, who occupies the chair or seat of Peter as bishop of Rome, and to the various officials and bodies of the Church's central administration - the Roman Curia - which act in the name and by authority of the pope.
the smallest sovereign state in the world; the see of the Pope (as the Bishop of Rome); home of the Pope and the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church; achieved independence from Italy in 1929
The Holy See (Latin: Sancta Sedes, "holy seat") is the episcopal see of Rome. The incumbent of the see is the Bishop of Rome â€” the Pope. The term Holy See, as used in Canon law, also refers to the Pope and the Roman Curia—in effect, the central government of the Catholic Church—and is the sense more widely used today.
The official title of the Vatican in its capacity of Observer State at the United Nations. This entitles the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to make interventions at the United Nations without the right to vote. It was established as a Permanent Observer Mission in 1964.