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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The United Nations to raise the Holy See flag on 25 September

Vatican City, 22 September 2015 (VIS) – After consultations with the Holy See, the United Nations will raise the flag of the Holy See for the first time on the morning of 25 September, so that it will be flying when Pope Francis arrives at the United Nations headquarters. The Holy See and the United Nations Secretariat have agreed that the flag will be raised with no ceremony. The United Nations personnel will raise it at the same time they will raise the other flags that day.

The Holy See flag has two vertical bands, one gold and one white. The white side features an image of two traversed keys, one gold and one silver, bound together by a red cord, and topped by a triple crown or tiara, crowned with a cross. The keys and tiara are both traditional symbols of the papacy. It has been the official flag of the Holy See since 1929.

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