Vatican Christmas tree early for jubilee

The Vatican’s Christmas tree will be unveiled early this year in order to coincide with the jubilee Year of Mercy.

The 32-metre spruce tree from Bavaria was erected on November 18 in St Peter’s Square.

It will be unveiled on December 8, a date when world attention will be on Rome at the start of the jubilee.

The tree’s lights will be illuminated on December 18.

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