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Pope Carries Baby Jesus Statue On Christmas Eve

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December 24, 2013 AT 11:52 AM
Pope Francis has begun celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff by placing a baby Jesus statue in a replica of a manger in St. Peter's Basilica. Francis, who turned 77 a week ago, walked briskly up the main aisle of the basilica, which was packed with faithful and tourists at the start of Mass, which began Tuesday 2 ½ hours before midnight.