An image of the Vatican City
Vatican City, the smallest sovereign country in the world with a population of just 840, is located in the heart of Rome, Italy. A World Heritage Site, it is the center for Christianity, stamps its own coins and has its own postal system.
It was also recently the recipient of a box of cocaine filled condoms.
While the Vatican has had its fair share of scandals – from money laundering to Vati Leaks – this cocaine scandal takes the cake.
Here are the details of this incident and some other controversies that stemmed from the smallest country in the world.
Scandal # 1:Cocaine-filled condoms sent to the Vatican
German customs officials intercepted a delivery of cocaine destined for the Vatican in January, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.
The drugs would have boasted a street value of several tens of thousands of Euros.
Officers at Leipzig airport found 340 grams (12 ounces) of cocaine filled into 14 condoms hidden in a shipment of cushions coming from South America.
The package was not addressed to anyone, simply mentioned was the Vatican postal office.
Since no one claimed the package, it is believed someone warned the recipient of the interception.
Scandal # 2: Alexander VI
Alexander VI allegedly fathered several children both before and after he bribed his way into becoming Pope in 1492.
Scandal # 3: 'Gay Lobby' in Vatican Administration
Pope Francis admitted to the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Roman Curia.
Scandal # 4: Money Laundering
In 2010 the Vatican Bank was mixed in money laundering allegations.
Scandal # 5: Paolo Gabriele
Pope Benedict’s previous butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested last May after stealing a stash of papal documents which he leaked to the press to expose “evil and corruption” and put the Vatican "back on track”
Scandal # 6: Inappropriate Acts
Just days before Pope Benedict resigned, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, quit due to his involvement in “inappropriate acts” with younger priests.
Scandal # 7: Pope Joan
Of the most infamous Vatican City controversies, now known as a “myth”, has to do with a female who lasted as a Pope for over two years. Pope Joan was discovered to be a woman dressed as man after she delivered a child during a papal procession. Given the severity of her misconduct, it is believed she was removed from history.