VATICAN CITY 

Pope Francis held a midnight mass Tuesday at the Vatican as part of traditional Christmas Eve celebrations.

In the ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope sanctified those who attended the ritual and commemorated the birth of Jesus Christ.

Turkey’s temporary acting ambassador to the Vatican, Can Mutluer, attended the ceremony along with ambassadors who are accredited to the Vatican.

The spiritual leader of the Catholic world will deliver the traditional Urbi et Orbi address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square at noon on Christmas Day.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also wished a Merry Christmas on

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