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    Vatican City: Vatican Museums. Go Now!

    Vatican City
    The smallest country in the world offers the heart of Catholicism and among the world's finest art collections, including the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms (ceiling pictured). Go to Vatican City!

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    Albania is unique in Europe, starting with its Muslim heritage, but expanding to include food, culture, and even its natural beauty. Explore Albania!

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    United Kingdom
    This country includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland with four distinct cultures to match. Explore the United Kingdom!

  • Ukraine!

    Ukraine: Traditional Village. Go Now!

    Ukrainian culture is based on village life, particularly that found in the Carpathian Mountains (pictured). Begin Your Journey!

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    Latvia is small, but has a diverse history, foods, and architecture (shown), which includes aspects from both Eastern and Western Europe. Begin Your Journey!

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Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Vatican City

Most of the citizens and residents of Vatican City are clergy and according to the Catholic Church, clergy (other than deacons) cannot marry as they take a vow of chastity. Likewise, nuns, religious sisters, and monks may not marry either. Because of this vow, and due to the fact that many citizens of Vatican City are clergy or religious sisters, marriage and family life in Vatican City are fairly unnoticeable and nearly non-existent. Additionally, to become a member of the Swiss Guard a man must be single.

Because of the Catholic Church and the citizenship of Vatican City, dating is essentially absent as are marriage and children. Of course, many of the people that work in Vatican City, but live in Rome are married and have families. Many of the Swiss Guard members also move on from their assignment in the Vatican to marry and start families, but not until after they have left.


This page was last updated: November, 2013