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Vatican lights up ‘international’ Christmas tree

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, December 13, 2013 17:05 EDT
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The Christmas tree is illuminated in St Peter's Square on Dec. 13, 2013 at the Vatican [AFP]
 
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Pope Francis hailed the giant “international” Christmas tree lit up on St Peter’s Square on Friday, which was transported to the Vatican from his predecessor Benedict XVI’s homeland, the German state of Bavaria.

“This is an international tree! It grew near the border between Germany and the Czech Republic,” the pope said as he received a delegation of pilgrims from Bavaria.

He said that the gift reflected “the spiritual closeness and friendship that link the whole of Germany, and particularly Bavaria, to the Holy See”.

The 25-metre (82-foot) high pine is a gift from the town of Waldmuenchen and will stand next to a Nativity scene from Naples that will highlight the role of ordinary people in line with the pope’s humble style.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

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