Flags of the Nations: Italy

The flag of Italy features three equal and vertical bands, making it a tricolor flag. The hoist side has a green band; white forms the center band; and the outer stripe is red. The red and white parts of the flag were borrowed from the official colors of the Milanese flag, and the green was added to represent the Civic Guards of Milan. When hung vertically, the flag is to be rotated 90 degrees. The green is said to represent hope and joy, the white symbolizes peace and honesty, and the red stands for strength and valor. Another interpretation of theItalian flag's colors is that the red shows the violent struggle to become a unified and independent nation, the green symbolizes the landscapes of Italy, while the white represents the snow-capped Alps.  (via mapsofworld.com)

Since September 1, 2009, the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center (GMC) proudly flies a flag each week of one of the many nations in which the denomination is present in ministry. Leaders were invited to send a national flag to be flown at the GMC alongside the flag of the United States*. The national flags rotate weekly, and photos of them raised are sent to the church leaders of that country.

This week: Italy

The Church of the Nazarene officially entered Italy in 1948.

Italy had a population of 61,855,120  in 2015. That same year, Italy reported eight Churches of the Nazarene, all of which had been officially organized. Israel has 367 total members.

Located on the Eurasia Region, Italy is a Phase 1 district. For more information about the Eurasia Region, visit eurasiaregion.org.

* = The weekly highlighted flag is raised on the middle of three poles in compliance with U.S. government protocols. It flies to the left of the GMC host-nation United States flag, which flies above the host-state flag of Kansas. The Christian flag flies on the third pole.

The Global Ministry Center is the mission and service hub of the Church of the Nazarene.

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