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Vatican Christmas tree is up

December 06, 2010

On December 3, Vatican workers erected a giant Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square.

The 110-foot fir tree, donated by Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region in the Dolomite mountains, is decorated with more than 1,000 lights. The tree will be lit for the first time at a brief ceremony on December 17.

Since 1982, when Pope John Paul II established the practice of placing a tree in St. Peter’s Square, the tree has been donated by a different region of Europe each year. Along with the giant tree for the Vatican square, the donors also provide about 50 smaller trees that will decorate the apostolic palace and the offices of the Roman Curia.


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