Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a late Christmas night holy mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ.
Pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered to watch the Pope light a Christmas peace candle from the windowsill of his private studio and witness the inauguration of a Nativity scene.
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