Pope John Paul II arrives at Midnight Christmas Mass in Vatican.
Pope John Paul II arrives at Midnight Christmas Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica to lead the world's one billion Roman Catholics at the Vatican December 24, 2004. The Pope, now in his 27th Christmas season, read a sermon that was significantly shorter than in past years. He suffers from Parkinson's disease and has difficulty speaking. In the sermon, he reminded Catholics that Jesus was food for eternal life. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi AB/FA