March 12, 2014
Francis celebrates first Christmas as Pope
“Like the Virgin Mary, the Church this week is expecting a birth,” the pope said yesterday in the homily at one of his daily masses in the Vatican residence, where he has been staying since his election in March.
“Is there space for the Lord or is there space only for parties, shopping and making noise?” he asked. The Christmas festivities begin with the unveiling on St Peter’s Square of a traditional Nativity scene named in honour of Latin America’s first ever pontiff at 1530 GMT.
The 77-year-old Francis is expected to watch the ceremony from the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking the square and light a candle for peace.Then from 2030 GMT he will celebrate the solemn Christmas Vigil mass in St Peter’s Basilica.