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Catholics celebrate Christmas at St. Louis Cathedral

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Christmas morning began for many people at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. Hundreds celebrated with Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who had a clear message about violence in the world.

For some, attending Christmas mass at the cathedral is a family tradition. For others, Tuesday marked the first time they stepped foot in the historic church and celebrated mass with Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Angel Corduba from Albuquerque said, "I thought it was wonderful.  I can't even... there's no words to describe that. He's amazing. The service entirely was just so moving for me."

Aymond says Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus' birth, and also a time to reflect on what's going on in the world today. According to the archbishop, there's too much senseless violence, such as the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  The archbishop's Christmas wish is that all people will let Jesus into their lives in an effort to erase the violence.

"If we truly did that it would certainly create less violence and less murder and we would be able to get along and there would not be racism," Aymond said.

Angel Corduba agreed saying, "If we all open our hearts to each other that would be the end of everything and I think that's important."

It's also important on this Christmas Day, the archbishop says, to give thanks for the good that exists and remember the reason why this day is celebrated.

About 900 people attended Tuesday morning's mass. At the cathedral's midnight mass, people waited in line for two hours to get a seat.

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