Pilgrims and tourists are flocking to St. Peter's Square for Christmas Eve celebrations.
They've already heard from Pope Benedict. He used his Sunday noon blessing to urge people everywhere to prepare for Christmas by overcoming prejudices.
In Benedict's words: "Jesus came for each one of us and made us brothers."
The pontiff urged people to overcome "preconceived ideas" and "tear down barriers and eliminate contrasts."
Benedict celebrates Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in a few hours. Tomorrow he'll give the traditional holiday greetings and the "Urbi et Orbi" message.