VATICAN CITY: Ripping Off the Pope

Understandably, Vatican City is one of the world's least crime-ridden states. Not only are most of its 881 residents law-abiding clerics, but there are 155 Swiss guards and blue-suited security men to police the 108 acres of the tiny country. That works out to about one peace officer for every 4.7 men of God. The Vatican has no jail, and the occasional pickpocket caught plying his trade in St. Peter's Square is normally turned over to Roman authorities.

Nonetheless, the 1929 concordat governing relations between the Vatican and Italy allows the Pope...

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