I thought I would share with readers two groups of photographs taken from the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican on 3-4 June. The first comprises photographs I took from within the grounds. The second, which I will post later, are official pictures taken of the summit itself.
The Vatican City is a small city state – it is the smallest state in the world by both size and population. My hotel was just beyond the northern wall of the Vatican and the entrance used for the summit was on the south side. It took me about twenty minutes to walk round the exterior wall to get to the entrance. There are fewer than 1,000 people who live within the Vatican. Because it is a state in its own right, I had to show my passport in order to enter for the summit.
The first two pictures were taken at different times, as will be apparent. The picture bottom left shows where lunch and dinner were served at the Casina Pio IV (see my earlier post with a picture of the exterior), which houses the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, under whose aegis the summit was organised, and the picture bottom right shows the Pope as he was leaving after delivering his paper. It took him some time before he managed to get to his vehicle – a small (I presume electric) car – and be driven to his residence.