UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Holy See says the Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations just before Pope Francis arrives on Friday morning -- without any ceremony.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See's U.N. ambassador, told a news conference Monday that the Vatican changed its decision not to have the flag fly for the pope's first visit to the United Nations at the recommendation of the U.N. Secretariat.
The Palestinians successfully campaigned for a General Assembly resolution allowing U.N. observer states to fly their flags alongside those of the 193 U.N. member states. The Holy See and Palestine and are only two U.N. observer states.
Auza said the Holy See "has not been very keen" about the Palestinians' campaign because it breaks a 70-year-old U.N. tradition.