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LIVE: Inauguration of Nativity Scene and Christmas Tree at the Vatican

The Nativity scene and Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square will be inaugurated at 5 p.m., local time.

The Nativity scene is from Sutrio, a town near Venice. The tree is a 100-foot-tall spruce from Palena, a town of about 1,200 residents in Italy's Abruzzo region.

The Pope will not attend the event, but on Dec. 31, he usually goes to St. Peter's Square to admire it.