Transcript for Pope Francis Celebrates His First Midnight Mass as Leader of the Catholic Church
Pierre, thank you. From the vatican tonight a far more welcome christmas message, this one from a new pope celebrating midnight mass, his first as leader of the catholic church. Here's abc's lama hasan now. Reporter: Under the majestic dome of st. Peter's basilica, thousands gathering to watch the pope's first christmas mass. Pope francis choosing his message of hope from the book of isaiah. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. On monday francis visited his predecessor pope benedict the xvi, wishing him a merry christmas and praying together. Another extraordinary image from a man who's captivated the world with simple acts of kindness and humility, welcoming the little boy who hugged him and wouldn't leave his side, embracing a disfigured man, even posing for selfies with tourists. And this week, reminding the faithful this season is about so much more than the parties and presents. Tweeting, "christmas celebrations are often full of sounds. It would be good for ust to make room for silence, to hear the voice of love." On christmas day pope francis will deliver the traditional christmas blessing, latin for to the city and to the world. Before the unconventional people's pope what everyone really wants to know is how he plans to celebrate this holiday. David? Merry christmas to you.
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