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Vatican flies flags at half mast in solidarity with COVID-19 victims

The Vatican flew its flags at half-mast in solidarity with those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus.

Cities and town throughout Italy were flying their flags at half mast at midday today, in honour of ‘the sacrifice and commitment of healthcare workers.’

The Vatican joined in mourning with Italy, as almost 40,000 had died of the disease and over 809,000 cases of the disease had been recorded.

A spokesperson for the Holy See said joining the initiative was was an expression of the Church’s ‘closeness to the victims of the pandemic in Italy and throughout the world, to their families, and to those who are generously fighting to put an end to it.’

The proposal was launched by the ANCI, the Association of Italian Municipalities, with the intention of embracing all communities throughout the country.

The Mayor of Bari, Antonio Decaro, who is president of the ANCI said it is a sign ‘of being supportive of one another, as we mayors know how to do.’

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