The website https://photo.vaticanmedia.va (hereinafter referred to as the "Portal") and all its contents or even part of them (henceforth "Contents"  – intended in full as the photographic images, products, gadgets and all the content on such Portal) are in the name and/or owned by the Dicastery for Communication (hereinafter referred to as "DPC") with address in 5 Via della Conciliazione, 00120 Vatican City State, email: spc@spc.va



These Terms of Use are intended to inform those who visit the Portal (hereinafter “Users or “User”) and have visibility of the Contents that can be used in it about the ownership of these by the DPC, or of third parties from which the DPC has obtained authorization for its use, as well as the rules of conduct the User has to comply for visiting the Portal and the use of the relative Contents as adopted by the DPC.



The Contents in the Portal are those uploaded on the date of the last update.

These Terms of Use can be integrated and / or modified by the DPC that govern the product orders executed on the Portal



Access to and viewing of the Portal Contents are available free of charge to the User. They are intended exclusively for personal and / or for allowing the purchase.

The reproduction of Content for reasons other than personal use is expressly prohibited

The User is not authorized to make any changes or to disseminate and / or transfer the Content, even if partially, of this Portal as further specified below.

Access and use of the Portal and related Content by the User must in any case comply with the principles of good faith and fairness, in compliance with morality and public order.

It is expressly forbidden for the User to use the Contents for commercial purposes and, in any case, to carry out activities contrary to the law, morality or public order.

In any case, any transfer of the Content to third parties is prohibited.



The User, his legal representatives or guardians in the case of minors or disabled persons, are responsible for the correct navigation on the Portal and for the use of the relative Contents in line with these Terms of Use.

The User agrees to make appropriate use of the Contents on the Portal and, in any case, not to use them to (i) undertake illicit, illegal or contrary to good faith and public order activities; (ii) disseminate content or propaganda of a defamatory, racist, sexist, xenophobic, violent, pornographic or clearly illicit or illegal nature, in defence of terrorism or harmful to human rights; (iii) cause damage to the physical and logical systems of the DPC, its suppliers or third parties, also by introducing or spreading computer viruses or other physical or logical systems that are capable of causing the aforementioned damages and / or in any way preventing the normal use and operation; (iv) attempt to access and, where appropriate, use other users' email accounts and modify or manipulate their messages.

The User also undertakes not to use the Portal for fraudulent purposes and, more generally, not to engage in conduct that could damage the image of the Holy Father and the Holy See as well as the interests and rights held by the DPC or any third parties. . The DPC will pursue and / or discourage any behaviour put in place by the User that damages the figure of the Holy Father, the Holy See and / or any third parties.

No User may insert on a website, blog, forum or any social network, a link, hyperlink, framing or similar link that redirects to URLs of Contents of the Portal or profiles of the Portal or of the DPC without written authorization from the DPC

If the DPC/OR detects any connection with these characteristics, it will be fully authorized to intervene in order to eliminate this link and, if necessary, to inform the competent authorities of the offense.

Furthermore, without prejudice to the supervision of compliance with the provisions of these Terms of Use, if a User detects or is aware of an improper, inappropriate or contravention of any of the rules contained in the Terms of Use, he / she can contact the DPC through the channels indicated in point 8.



The DPC disclaims any responsibility for any content not elaborated by the DPC or published with its name or its brands that could cause confusion with the origin of such contents or of any brands making them improperly refer to the Portal Contents.

Furthermore, DPC declines any responsibility for the information contained in third party websites or blogs that can be connected, whether authorized or not, through links or other methods to the Portal.

Similarly, the DPC is not responsible for any security errors that may occur due to the use of computers infected with computer viruses or for the consequences that may arise from the malfunction of the browser or from the use of outdated versions of the same. Therefore, the DPC is not responsible, in any case, for damages of any kind that may be caused to the User, having DPC adopted all the necessary measures to avoid them. The DPC will not be responsible for any damage caused to the User by failures or disconnections in the communication networks that cause the suspension, cancellation or interruption of the Portal service during the use of the same by the User.

The DPC does not assume responsibility for damages of any kind caused by improper use of the Portal by the same User.



The Portal and its Contents are protected by the copyright laws in force in the Vatican City State and by international copyright laws.

The contents of the Portal are of the DPC or of any third parties who have authorized DPC the use.

The User is not authorized to modify, publish, transmit, share, transfer for any reason, reproduce (beyond the limits specified below), rework, distribute, perform, give access to or commercially exploit the contents or services in any way (including software, images, icons, links, as well as their graphic design and source codes) of this Portal, even only partially, in the absence of express written authorization from the DPC.

Likewise, trademarks or distinctive signs are the exclusive property of the DPC or, if applicable, of third parties, unless otherwise specified.

The User must respect all intellectual and industrial property rights related to the Portal and its Contents visible in it owned by the DPC or by any third parties at any time.

The assignment of intellectual property rights relating to the Portal or its Content by the User is expressly prohibited.

Where possible, the DPC reserves the right to prevent access to anyone who contravenes or violates these prohibitions, without prejudice to other legal actions that could correspond to them for the infringement committed.



Anyone who finds that its contents have been published on the Portal without his consent, generating a violation of intellectual or industrial property rights, privacy or image or any other right, can inform the DPC by:

·       Registered letter with return receipt sent to Dicastero per la Comunicazione, Via della Conciliazione 5, (00120) Vatican City;

·       E-mail: by means of a message sent to the following email address: policies@spc.va with the subject "Violation of Rights".

In both cases, the request must be accompanied, under penalty of not being taken into consideration, by the following information:

·       Identification of the content (in a sufficiently clear way so that the DPC can identify it within the Portal) or personal data or protected rights that have been violated;

·       Sufficiently detailed identification of the reporting person so that the DPC can contact him (e-mail address and telephone number);

·       Copy of a valid id that allows the identification of the reporting person;

·       Signed declaration in which the reporting party states that the above information is true and that he is the legitimate owner (or authorized to act in his name) of the rights allegedly violated.



All these provisions are applicable to the accesses that the User makes on the Portal also through a mobile device, whatever their nature and technology.

In this regard, it is specified, as also in the case of connection to the so-called land-line network, that the DPC does not charge any amount for access via the device to the Portal but that the User's mobile or land line operator will apply the rate that he has stipulated for sending and receiving data. The cost of the connection is the sole responsibility of the User: with this the DPC advises the User to check with his operator which charges and commissions apply to the connection to the land line and / or mobile network, as well as whether they are subject to any type of restriction.

The DPC is not responsible for the restrictions that the mobile operator may have imposed and which could prevent the normal functioning of the network, nor for any disservices, delays, impediments to the use by the User of the contents of the Portal connected or not connected to the network, as also specified in the previous point.

Furthermore the DPC will not be responsible if the use of these devices does not allow consultation of all or part of the Portal and its contents.



The User, by registering or not on the Portal, can place an order for some products (hereinafter "Products", to be understood as those Contents that can be purchased).

In addition to all the information relating to Personal and non-Personal Data referred to in point 2 of the Privacy Policy, the User must enter all the information required for placing an order.

Placing an order of the Products does not imply they are purchased: once the order has been completed on the Portal, the User will be contacted by e-mail by the back office service who will confirm the order of the Products, the total costs - including shipping costs if applicable - and the various payment options.

The User has three payment options, all in advance: 1. bank transfer 2. credit card or prepaid card through the epay service available on the website https://idp.catholica.va; 3. postal account. In the order confirmation, all three methods will be proposed to the User with instructions for carrying them out. The amount to be paid to the DPC does not include duties, taxes and / or commissions applicable in the country of destination of the Products which, if due, will be exclusively borne by the User.

Upon payment of the Products - and only if this is successful - the order is accepted and will be processed so as to send the Products in the required format.

The DPC assumes no responsibility for unsuccessful shipments due to incorrect data communicated by the User when placing the order.

The User acknowledges, declares and accepts that, concerning the Products to be shipped via postal service or courier, no responsibility may be borne by the DPC for any issue/s that may arise regarding the delivery itself.

The DPC does not guarantee the delivery times of the Products and therefore cannot be held responsible in any way for any delays in delivery of the same. The User has the option of having the Products delivered, as long as foreseen and possible, at the sales point of the Vatican Photo Service located in the Vatican City, 00120, Via del Pellegrino without added shipping costs.

User may cancel order until the final confirmation is received by the DPC via email where the payment methods are indicated. Payment for the Products will in no case be refundable.

The Products cannot be downloaded, printed, reproduced or disseminated in any way, even partially, without the explicit written consent of the DPC.

The Products are intended for personal use only, are not transferable to third parties, and can be used only and exclusively as indicated in these Terms of Use.



Vatican State law governs these Terms of Use.

For any controversy that may arise on these Terms of Use of the Portal and its Contents, the Vatican State will be exclusively competent.



The DPC reserves the right to modify and update, without notice, the Contents, to eliminate them and limit or prevent their temporary or permanent access as well as the configuration and presentation of the Portal,

Consequently, in no case the DPC is responsible for the consequences of any interruptions, since it cannot guarantee the reliability, availability or continuity of the Portal.

The DPC may replace or modify, at any time, also for technical reasons, the availability and supply of Contents.

The DPC reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use to update the content; it is the User's responsibility to periodically check for any changes.

Navigation on the Portal implies acceptance of these Terms of Use.