The Song of Christmas is The Song of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI lit a candle for world peace at the window of his Vatican apartment as thousands of pilgrims began gathering at the Vatican ahead of the first midnight mass of his pontificate.
The pope made several attempts to light the candle at his apartment window, assisted by his secretary Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, before he was able to finally hold it up for cheering pilgrims in St Peter's Square.
The pope's brief appearance, which lasted less than two minutes, came at the end of a ceremony to inaugurate a huge Christmas crib in St Peter's Square depicting the birth of Jesus.
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