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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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