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LIVE: Vatican Inaugurates manger and Christmas Tree in St. Peter's Square

The manger and Christmas tree will be on display starting this afternoon in St. Peter's Square at 4:30 p.m. Rome time.

The spruce came from the diocese of Concordia-Pordenone. It is 82 feet high and weighs 4.5 tons. The lights are low consumption to limit the environmental impact, one of the great concerns of Pope Francis.

The 270 square feet manger comes from the Italian city of Jesolo. The sculptures are made entirely of sand, following the tradition of the Dolomites.

Both will be in the square until January 13, 2019, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.