Seán Ó Faoláin visits the independent state of the Vatican.

The Vatican is the smallest state in the world with a population of six hundred overseeing around six hundred million Roman Catholics throughout the world.  

Once inside the piazza, possibly the most magnificent square in the world, we leave political Italy behind and we enter what is simply another European country.

The Vatican City state is about five times the size of St Stephen's Green in Dublin and Dublin's Phoenix Park could contain ten Vatican City states.  

It covers approximately 109 acres. That means there are plenty of farmers in Ireland who command more territory than the Pope.

'A Personal Account: The Vatican' was broadcast on 12 June 1974. The presenter is Seán Ó Faoláin.