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In Vatican, Flags at Half Staff in Mourning

‘to express its closeness to victims of pandemic in Italy and world, their families and all fighting generously to put an end to it’

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Today, flags throughout the Vatican at half staff in mourning …

This gesture was announced early today, March 31, in a statement of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni.

«Today, in solidarity with Italy,» the note began, «the Holy See will display the flags at half staff, in mourning.»

The gesture, it concluded, explaining is «to express its closeness to the victims of the pandemic in Italy and in the world, to their families and to all those that fight generously to put an end to it.»

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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