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Published December 08, 2011, 09:55 AM

Pope Benedict lights the world's biggest Christmas tree display

(WDAY TV) - The Pope is helping folks in Italy get into the holiday spirit. The Pope turned on the lights for a huge Christmas tree display from the comfort of the Vatican.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - The Pope is helping folks in Italy get into the holiday spirit. The Pope turned on the lights for a huge Christmas tree display from the comfort of the Vatican.

Pope Benedict simply hit a button on a tablet computer to switch on the lights, thanks to a wireless connection. This tree, billed as the world's biggest, is a display made up of nearly 1-thousand lights.

It's 1,400 feet by 2,400, covering an area of 1.4 million square feet or just under 30 soccer fields. A fireworks display, traditional folk dance, and choir rounded out the night.

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