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Midnight Mass from St Peter's Basilica live on ABC TV

Television coverage of Midnight Mass from St Peter's Basilica and the Christmas Day blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) of Pope John Paul II will be broadcast by the ABC in Australia.

The two-hour coverage will commence at 9:55 am in all Australian time zones.

Broadcast in cooperation with the Vatican Television Centre, the coverage will be coordinated by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The satellite uplink of the broadcast is offered by Vatican TV to international broadcasters free of charge.

The coverage will be webcast by Vatican TV, which will also cover the Christmas morning mass at 8:00 pm Sydney time. This year Holy Father will not preside over the Christmas morning mass, but only the midday Christmas greeting and blessing "urbi et orbi" from St Peter's Square, from 9:55 pm Sydney time.

Vatican TV live webcast (requires Real Player)
Centro Televisivo Vaticano