A collection of nearly 50 Nativities from around the world is on display in New Haven, Connecticut.
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The Pope says that by creating the nativity scene, St. Francis “carried out a great work of evangelization” that continues to touch hearts to this day.
Sante Guido, an art historian and professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, told EWTN that five of the marble statues in the nativity scene today are completely original to the 13th century.
Regensberg diocese posted photographs on social media showing the 94-year-old pope emeritus seated between Bishop Voderholzer and Archbishop Gänswein, who was holding one of the two nativity scenes.
‘I haven’t seen anyone say they feel more Christian because they’ve seen it,’ art historian Elizabeth Lev said of the controversial display.
The new Christmas crèche in St. Peter’s Square commemorates the victims of the tragic storm that devastated parts of northeastern Italy last year.
St. Francis of Assisi created the first Nativity scene on Dec. 25, 1223, the same year the rule of the Franciscan order was approved by Pope Honorius III.