[Vatican City, December 31. Image via Getty.]

VATICAN CITY: A horse of the Italian equastrian police stands in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican on December 31, 2008. The Vatican will no longer automatically adopt new Italian laws as its own, a top Vatican official said, citing the vast number of laws Italy churns out, many of which are in odds with Catholic doctrine. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)