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Christmas tree donated from Molise erected in St. Peter's

Pope Benedict XVI meets with regional delegation

Christmas tree donated from Molise erected in St. Peter's

Vatican City, December 14 - A 24-metre white fir tree donated by Pescopennataro, a small town in the region of Molise, was erected in St. Peter's Square Friday and the lights were lit during the course of the day in preparation for Christmas celebrations. Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, secretary-general of the governatorate of Vatican City State, along with the Mayor Pompilio Scialli of of Pescopennataro and the Molise Regional Governor Angelo Michele Iorio all attended the Christmas tree light-illumination ceremony. The choir of Pescolano and the Vatican Gendarmerie band played the musical accompaniments to the ceremony. Donating a Christmas tree to the home of Catholicism is considered a great honour and every year a different region or country is given this privilege. This morning, an official delegation from the region of Molise was received by Pope Benedict XVI. Pope John Paul II initiated the Christmas tree tradition in 1982 and trees have been donated in recent years by a number of European countries, including Romania, Austria and the Czech Republic.

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