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A Swiss Guard stands watch near a Christmas tree in the Paul VI Audience Hall during the Pope’s weekly general audience on Dec. 1. (photo: Daniel Ibáñez / CNA/EWTN News)

The number of faithful taking part in the Christmas liturgical celebrations will be limited, but all scheduled ceremonies will be livestreamed on social media and other platforms.

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, December 9, 2021

Edward PentinVATICAN CITY — For the second year running, restrictions have been placed on the Vatican’s Christmas liturgical celebrations due to continued concerns at the Vatican over COVID-19.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told the Register Dec. 9 that he believed the number of faithful able to take part in the liturgies celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica over the festive period would be “limited,” as happened last year.

However, while the Vatican has maintained a Green Pass policy — which requires proof of vaccination, recent recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test for visitors and employees — the requirement is expected to be waived for liturgies and the Pope’s general audiences. …