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Vatican Sidesteps Flag Flap at United Nations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In the month before Pope Francis was scheduled to visit the U.N. headquarters, a little flap unfurled regarding the flying of flags.

The Vatican said seeing the flags of the Holy See and Palestine flying with the banners of the 193 full member-countries of the UN is not its desire.

The Palestinian observer mission at the United Nations formally asked that its flag and the flag of the only other U.N. permanent observer – the Holy See – be flown at the U.N. headquarters and at U.N. offices.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the headquarters Sept. 25 and address the General Assembly.