.- The Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has announced the Holy Father's schedule for December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1, 2005: - Friday, 24: Solemnity of Our Lord's Birth. Midnight Mass in the Vatican Basilica.
- Saturday, 25: Solemnity of Our Lord's Birth. "Urbi et Orbi" blessing at midday in St. Peter's Square.
- Friday, 31: Vespers and "Te Deum" of thanksgiving in the Vatican Basilica at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, January 1, 2005: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and World Day of Peace. Eucharistic liturgy presided over by Pope John Paul at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Basilica. Cardinal Angelo Sodano will celebrate the liturgy.