December 5, 2011

The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the annual unveiling of its Nativity scene.

The hour-long evening ceremony Dec. 24 will feature traditional Christmas songs in several languages, performed by a 100-person choir and orchestra in St. Peter's Square.

The Vatican is arranging for worldwide TV broadcasts of the event, according to Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.