Vatican City, Nov 3, 2020 / 12:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican announced the details of the 2020 edition of the annual Christmas display in St. Peter’s Square, intended to be a sign of hope and faith in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
“This year, even more than usual, the setting up of the traditional space dedicated to Christmas in St. Peter’s Square aims to be a sign of hope and faith for the whole world,” said a press release from the Vatican City Governorate.
The Christmas display “wants to express the certainty that Jesus comes among his people to save and console them,” it said, “an important message in this difficult time due to the COVID-19 health emergency.”
The unveiling of the nativity scene and lighting of the Christmas tree will take place Dec. 11. Both will be displayed until Jan. 10, 2021, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
This year’s tree has been donated by the city of Kočevje in southeast Slovenia. The Picea abies, or Norway spruce, is nearly 92 feet tall.