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Village rehearses chopping down Christmas tree for Pope

The entire population of a Romanian village has held rehearsals for chopping down the Pope's Christmas tree.

The village of Tulghes has been asked to provide the Christmas tree for St Peter's Square in the Vatican this year.

To make sure nothing goes wrong, the entire village, along with cranes and bulldozers, practised on a similar size tree.

The actual tree being sent to the Vatican has already been picked out but will not be chopped down until later this year.

The 24-metre tall tree has been guarded around the clock since it was chosen in September. Some villagers are unhappy that it will cost them $A271,967 to cut down and transport the tree to Rome.