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Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass

1. Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

2. Pope Benedict XVI prays as he leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2012.

3. Pope Benedict XVI is helped on to the altar by Bishop Guido Marini, right, during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Dec. 24, 2012.

4. Pope Benedict XVI kneels as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

5. In this photo taken on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 the Nativity Scene set up in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican that will be unveiled by Pope.

6. Pope Benedict XVI is helped stand up as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec 24, 2012.

7. Pope Benedict XVI walks past the baby Jesus statue as he leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

8. Pope Benedict XVI kneels as he leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2012.

9. Pope Benedict XVI holds the book of the gospels as he leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

10. Pope Benedict XVI holds the cross as he leads the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2012.

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