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The papal flag that flew above Porta Pia on September 20th, 1870, was returned to the Holy See yesterday afternoon, in an impressive ceremony that took place in front of the Governor's Palace in the Vatican Gardens, near the top of the Vatican Hill. The flag, which had been in the possession of the Ruspoli family, was returned to the Vatican on the feast of the Gendarmerie, the Vatican police force. The ceremony was attended by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State, and by Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, the outgoing president of the Governorate of Vatican City State. Also present were representatives of the Vatican forces, a squad of Italian Lancers from Montebello, and the flag of t ...