Vatican Statues Turn Blue for Diabetes

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 14, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Two statues in St. Peter’s Square will be illuminated with blue lights Friday night to mark World Diabetes Day.

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This the first time Vatican City is participating in the world day by illuminating the statues of Sts. Peter and Paul with blue lights, reports L’Osservatore Romano.

World Diabetes Day, initiated in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, is commemorated in more than 160 countries.

Some 990 monuments throughout the world will be illuminated with blue lights to mark the day. Other activities include races, television programs, conferences, exhibitions and free diabetes screenings.

The objective of World Diabetes Day is to promote global awareness of the disease. This year’s theme is “Diabetes in Adolescents and Children.”

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