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Dutch flowers to decorate Vatican for Easter, despite lockdown

March 25, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: The flowers that traditionally decorate the steps of St. Peter’s basilica on Easter Sunday are being delivered from the Netherlands, even though pilgrims will not be allowed to attend the Pope’s Urbi et Orbi blessing. Dutch designer Paul Deckers, who has supervised the floral display each year since 2015, says that thousands of roses will be sent to Rome “as a sign of hope.” The flowers were delivered last year, too, although St. Peter’s Square was closed to the public.

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