Pope Benedict XVI's Urbi et Orbi Blessing and Message will be broadcast live, from St. Peter's Square, on Christmas Day.
The 45-minute event begins at noon, Holy See time, which translates to:
- 3 AM Pacific;
- 4 AM Mountain;
- 5 AM Central; and
- 6 AM Eastern.
Hours before the Christmas Eve Mass, a nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter's square in front of the Basilica. Pope Benedict XVI also lit a candle in his studio window in a traditional sign of peace.