Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

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

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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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