||Special Presentation: The Vatican
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"It is the smallest nation on earth, and one of the most powerful. The seat
of the Catholic Church, the home of the Pope, and the final resting place of St. Peter, it
covers an area smaller than the U.S. Capitol building, has no natural resources, no
industry and an "army" of 200 men whose weapons date from the Middle Ages.
"THE VATICAN REVEALED details how this tiny patch of hallowed ground has
played a pivotal role on the world stage for nearly 2,000 years. It is a candid look at
the extent of the power wielded by the Vatican, which extends far beyond its obvious
spiritual influence. Church historians tell how the Vatican shaped the development of
modern Europe, guided the development of Western art and played a key, behind-the-scenes
role in the fall of Soviet Communism. The program also goes into the secret chambers and
off-limits areas of this grand complex, as well as providing an up-close look at its most
famous chambers and treasures, like the Sistine Chapel.
"The grandeur, mystery and majesty of one of the world's most unusual
nations comes alive in THE VATICAN REVEALED."