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Pope marks 2011's end with prayers

Pope marks 2011's end with prayers

Pope Benedict XVI is presiding over a traditional vespers service at the Vatican to mark the end of 2011.
Benedict arrived at the solemn New Year's Eve ceremony Saturday evening wearing gold-colored robes and standing aboard a raised, wheeled platform, which ushers guided up the long center aisle of St. Peter's Basilica. The 84-year-old pontiff started using the device earlier in the year to reduce fatigue.
Benedict nimbly navigated the platform's two steps and knelt apparently without difficulty at the basilica's main altar as a choir of men and boys sang hymns.
Benedict will return to the basilica Sunday morning to preside over New Year's Day Mass, an occasion the Vatican marks as world peace day.


Updated : 2021-04-16 16:28 GMT+08:00