Pope to celebrate early Mass Dec. 24 because of COVID-19 curfew

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Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Dec. 24, 2019, file photo. The pope will celebrate the traditional Christmas Eve Mass with a small congregation, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Rome so people can get home without breaking Italy's 10 p.m. COVID-19 curfew. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)