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Pope Francis lights up the Christmas tree and nativity scene outside the...

Pope Francis lit up - remotely from the Vatican - the Christmas tree and nativity scene in the lower piazza of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi on December 6.

The ceremony was attended by 31 refugees from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Nigeria and Syria and a Naval officer who participated in the rescue of the migrants in the Strait of Sicily. The refugees stood alongside the local people of Assisi as the Christmas tree was lit up.

A nativity scene had been built into a seven-meter boat used by migrants to travel across the Mediterranean from Tunisia to the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2014.

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