Christmas at the Vatican this year is filled with the usual host of inspiring and fitting events and liturgies that celebrate the birth of the Lord, as well as at least one surprise.
As always, celebrations will properly commence with the papal midnight Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve, beginning at the now slightly earlier time of 10pm. Then, at noon on Christmas Day, from the basilica’s Loggia of Benediction, the Holy Father will deliver his Christmas message.
The Pope, as he has in the past, is expected to reflect on world trouble spots. This year he is likely to comment on the tumultuous events of 2011, such as the Arab Spring, the financial crisis and the threat of war with...READ MORE