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Pax Christi members gather in Parliament Square

Religious groups gathered in Parliament Square last night to protest against the renewal of Britain’s nuclear arms programme

A child in St. Peter's Square holds a figurine of the baby Jesus (CNS)

The particular character of the Christmas season is that of a vigil

Pilgrims throng Cuatro Vientos as a fire truck passes among the crowd waiting for the Pope Benedict XVI (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Vigil is interrupted by a fierce gale