Madrid residents encouraged to welcome Pope with papal flags


Aid to the Church in Need is encouraging residents of Madrid to hang papal flags on their balconies as a way to welcome Pope Benedict XVI for World Youth Day.

“Make a public expression of your faith and closeness to the Holy Father,” who will be in Spain in August for World Youth Day, organizers said. “Do not forget to decorate your balcony or window, and do not go on vacation in August.”

The charitable organization is selling the flags to help church ministries in poor dioceses and dioceses that are suffering persecution.

The campaign is also intended to be a sign of welcome to the Catholics who will be visiting Spain from all over the world.

The flags can be purchased at

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