The UN Approved Raising the Palestinian and Vatican Flag in NYC

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On Sept 11, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Palestinian and Vatican flag to be raised at the UN headquarters in New York City.

The resolution allows non-member observer states to raise their flags, although the Vatican has backed away from the effort saying it will not raise the flag during Pope Francis’ visit and instead raise it later this month. They also asked to not be named in the resolution, however the Vatican’s UN Ambassador said that he didn’t object to the Palestinian proposal and respects the assembly’s decision. In May of this year, the Holy See joined over 130 countries in recognizing a Palestinian State.

The United States, Canada, Australia and Israel were among the 7 NO votes. Britain, Germany and the Baltic States abstained. Israel’s UN Ambassador says that this will not advance the prospects for peace and that this was only a “photo op”. The United States and Israel opposes recognition of a Palestinian State because it undermines a peace agreement.

Some might believe that this isn’t a big deal, that it’s just a flag. What must be understood is that symbols are powerful tools in driving policies and perspectives. This is a step in the wrong direction if peace is ever truly going to come.

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Vatican misspells Jesus

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A medal struck by the Italian state mint, celebrating the first
anniversary of Pope Francis’s papacy, refers to ‘Lesus.’ The Vatican has
withdrawn 6,000 of the medals from sale—but four rarities are out
there.

By Matt Wilson | Posted: October 11, 2013

Lesus, Bary, and Poseph.

The Vatican scrambled this week to recall 6,000 gold, silver, and bronze
medals from sale after close readers discovered one particularly
important misspelled word: Jesus.
The medals say “Lesus.”

The Catholic News Service documented the error on Twitter:

The medals, which were struck by the Italian State Mint and commemorate
Pope Francis’s first year in the papacy, were inscribed with a key
sentence from the story of Matthew, the biblical story that inspired the
pope to enter the priesthood.

It was supposed to read, “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando
atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, ‘Sequere me.’” Roughly translated, that
means, “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by
having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.’”

The Vatican reportedly sold only four of the medals before removing them
from sale, which means four lucky people have an extremely rare
collector’s item on their hands.

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