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Madrid: Flags, Flags and More Flags

Sunday, August 28, 2011
One of thing that you can not fail to notice at WYD is the amount and diversity of flags. They are everywhere. They represent nations, regions, counties, religious orders, groups and I even saw a Brighton and Hove Albion flag. It truly was a vexillologist's dream. One of the most amazing moments was seeing a group carrying the flag of South Sudan, the world's newest nation. The flags however are not just a marker form the different groups; they point towards the diversity and universality of the Church. Despite all the different allegiances we carry, be that to Ireland or Yorkshire, Iraq and the Legion of Mary, we are one in Christ and united in His body under the unity of his Vicar, the Pope.

Of course flags are also helpful for keeping the sun off during the hot Madrid afternoons...

Mark Davoren


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