Vatican City, Nov 16, 2011 / 12:37 pm
Pope Benedict XVI will light up the largest Christmas tree in the world on Dec. 7 located in the Italian city of Gubbio in the region of Umbria.
Vatican Radio radio reported that the Pope will use an iPad to turn on the tree’s lights from his residence in the Papal Apartments.
Built in 1981, the Christmas tree stretches more than 2,000 feet up the face of Mount Igino outside Gubbio. It contains hundreds of lights and more than 25,000 feet of electrical cables and is considered the largest electric tree in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Before turning the lights on using a special iPad application, Pope Benedict will deliver a video message to the residents of Gubbio and the surrounding towns.