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As Vatican Christmas tree goes up, pope’s Christmas schedule released

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – As a towering spruce tree was erected in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ liturgy schedule for Advent, Christmas and the month of January.

The Vatican Christmas tree is positioned in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 24. The 82-feet-tall tree is from the Trentino province in northern Italy. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-LITURGY-CALENDAR Nov. 28, 2106.

The Vatican Christmas tree is positioned in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 24. The 82-feet-tall tree is from the Trentino province in northern Italy. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-LITURGY-CALENDAR Nov. 28, 2106.

The 82-feet-tall Christmas tree arrived in the square Nov. 24.

According to the papal calendar released by the Vatican the same day:

— Pope Francis will celebrate an evening Mass Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Mass will include ancient liturgical hymns composed in indigenous languages, including Nahuatl, Quechua, Mapuche and Guarani. The Sistine Chapel Choir be will joined the Latin American Choir under the direction of conductor Eduardo Notrica.

— The pope will celebrate Christmas Mass at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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