Pope Francis recalls Jesus' birth with Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica

December 24, 2015 8:00 PM

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica as Catholic faithful joyfully recall the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem.

Children were at the heart of this Christmas celebration. Some youngsters invited to attend came from countries that Francis has visited as pontiff. The youngsters left floral bouquets around a baby Jesus statue near the central altar after Francis unveiled and gently kissed the statue.

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