Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love
A Christmas tree stands in front of St Peter's basilica after it was illuminated during a ceremony on December 19, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte)
By Ella Ide
Vatican City (AFP) - The Christmas lights went on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church.
As the fairy lights sparkled into life on the 25-metre fir tree on St Peter's square, there was also an early unveiling of a giant nativity scene inspired by an Italian opera. ...more