Pope Francis Urges Christians to Value the ‘Little Things in Life’ as He Leads Midnight Mass at the Vatican – While Worshippers Around the World Gather for Annual Service

Catholics gathered to celebrate Christmas Eve mass across the world, including in the Vatican City where Pope Francis called on the faithful to value the ‘little things in life’ and show solidarity with the poor.

An estimated 2,000 members of the public and 200 religious figures attended the mass at St Peter’s Basilica, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing as part of measures against the coronavirus, the Vatican’s press office said.

Those who had not managed to grab a ticket watched on huge screens outside the church.

A maskless Francis processed down the central aisle of the basilica as the Sistine Chapel choir sang Noel, kicking off the Vatican’s Christmas holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem.

Across the world, worshippers were also seen gathering for annual masses in cities in the US, in Sri Lanka, Iraq, Kenya and Russia.

The Vatican went ahead with its service despite the resurgence in Covid-19 cases that has prompted a new vaccine mandate for Vatican employees.

Italy reported a further 50,599 new cases on Friday, a second successive daily record, up on Thursday’s total of 44,595.

Another 141 people died, bringing Italy’s official death toll to 136,386.

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Source: Daily Mail