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Merry Christmas

· Pope Francis’ holiday wishes ·

Exultemus in die salutis nostrae (“Let us rejoice in the day of our salvation”). Pope Francis chose these words – taken from St Leo the Great’s Sermon 29 – for his Christmas card. The card bears an etching of the “Infant Jesus adored by angels” by Carlo Maratti (also Maratta). Maratti was born in San Germano di Camerano, Italy in 1625, and died in Rome in 1713. The artist was a central figure in Italian painting during the latter half of the 17th century. He studied in Rome at the school of Andrea Sacchi, one of the greatest exponents of Classicism. Maratti is the author of important sacred works that can still be admired today in the Vatican and in several churches in Rome.

Live streaming of the Christmas celebrations presided by the Pope 




St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 20, 2019