Vatican City was a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consisted of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It had an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres) and a population of just over 800. This made Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population. Vatican City was holding a mass prayer of apocalypse in St. Peter's Basilica. and while praying the people noticed the painting atop was being cracked slowly causing the atop to collapse and destroyed St. Peter's Basilica which stopped the mass prayer. After the mass prayer, the church collapsed and rolled across the area, killing the Pope, the Italian Prime Minister, and hundreds of people.