Norton has now been promoting Sister Zervas’ story for more than a decade.
The blockade was a protest against a Department of Defense policy that provides paid leave and reimbursement for travel expenses for service members who seek to obtain an abortion. It also covers travel costs for dependents and spouses.
The scene in St. Peter’s Square depicts not only Mary and Joseph standing beside the manger, but also St. Francis of Assisi, who organized the first Nativity scene in a cave in the Italian village of Greccio on Christmas Eve in 1223.
The Church celebrates St. Juan Diego on Dec. 9.
Pope Francis pointed to Mary as the model of this kind of prayerful posture before the Nativity scene.
Father Cristiano Borro Barbosa , 47, will join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and four other auxiliary bishops.