Blessing of the Children in St. Peter's Square
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Hundreds of children brought their baby Jesus figurines to St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the traditional blessing of the infant by Pope Benedict during Angelus. The children could be seen waving the figurines, which ranged from miniature to larger sizes, in the air as they chanted and cheered. Pope Benedict, addressing the pilgrims from the window of his private residences overlooking the square, called on the children to think of him over the festive period.