Today the flag of the Vatican was raised at the United Nations for the first time, yes, the first time with the flags of the 193 United Nations member states.
On September 10 the General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a Palestinian-sponsored resolution allowing the flags of non-voting observer states to fly alongside those of member states. The Holy See and Palestine are the only two observer states.
The U.S. flag flew for the first time today.
The Palestinian flag will fly for the first time on September 30.
They both flew at my house today.
The children were beautiful.
Their voices were down to earth and heavenly.
Their hope-filled plea to God made us want the same for all children, made us ready to desire it, and made us think that it is really possible.
They sang at the end of the interfaith prayer service with Pope Francis at Ground Zero. The sang in front of leaders of religions. They sang on behalf of all children of our world.
In preparation for his visit to the U.S., and because he will not be visiting the cities in which these young people live, Pope Francis made a “virtual visit” with them.
If you do not watch the whole piece – Chicago Teen Sings for Pope Francis – at least skip to minute 2:30.
There is an hour long program on Friday at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. Set yourself up to watch it or set your DVR to watch it for you.