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'It is the Lord,' tweets pope on Christmas Eve

Francis prepares for first Nativity Mass as pontiff

24 December, 18:20
'It is the Lord,' tweets pope on Christmas Eve (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 24 - Pope Francis set the tone for Christmas Eve with a message on his Twitter feed: "It is the Lord!" On his Twitter account: @Pontifex, the pope added: "We wait for Him with an open heart!" Meanwhile, crowds gathered under the towering Christmas tree erected in St. Peter's Square late Tuesday afternoon to watch the unveiling of the Vatican's large nativity scene.

Complete with life-sized figures, the manger scene donated by the Archdiocese of Naples had been under wraps for days. The Nativity scene, representing the stable where Jesus was born, was titled: "Francis 1223 - Francis 2013" in recognition of the fact the pope took his name from the humble medieval St.

Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis also instituted the concept of creating nativity scenes, with the first in 1223.