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Pope lights Christmas candle in his Vatican window

2 years ago December 24, 2012 Dec 24, 2012 Monday, December 24 2012 Monday, December 24, 2012 10:53:07 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has lit a Christmas peace candle set on the windowsill of his private studio.

Pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered below in St. Peter's Square for the inauguration Monday evening of a Nativity scene and cheered when the flame was lit.

Later, he will appear in St. Peter's Basilica to lead Christmas Eve Mass. The ceremony begins at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) instead of the midnight start time, which was changed at the Vatican years ago to let the pontiff rest before a Christmas Day speech to be delivered from the basilica's central balcony.

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