Christmas tree destined for Vatican saved from the chop at last minute

Nov 17, 2022 410

The majestic silver fir that had been destined to become the Vatican's Christmas tree in St Peter's Square this year has been spared from the chop after a last-minute intervention by environmental activists.

The news brings an end to a long-running dispute over the felling of the tree - which was to be a gift to Pope Francis from the mountain village of Rosello in Italy's central Abruzzo region - amid calls for it to be saved from the axe and confusion over its exact geographical location.

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