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Vatican Nativity Scene in St Peter's Square unveiled

2023-12-10T11:47:57.695Z

Highlights: Vatican Nativity Scene in St Peter's Square unveiled. Lights on the Vatican's 2023 Christmas tree were turned on for the first time too. The tree and the nativity scene will remain in the square up theFeast of the Lord, on January 7. The donated fir tree had to be felled anyway because it was atrisk of collapse, and after the festivities, its wood will be used to make toys for children in need. The Nativity scene was set up by Saint Francis of Assisi 800 years ago.


The Nativity Scene in St Peter's Square was unveiled on Saturday in a ceremony in which the lights on the Vatican's 2023 Christmas tree were turned on for the first time too. © ANSA


(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 10 - The Nativity Scene in St Peter'sSquare was unveiled on Saturday in a ceremony in which thelights on the Vatican's 2023 Christmas tree were turned on forthe first time too.
   The creche pays tribute to the first Nativity Scene set up bySaint Francis of Assisi in the hamlet of Greccio 800 years ago,in 1223.
   In that year the saint stopped in the village shortly after ajourney to the Holy Land, and was inspired to reproduce thenativity there by its resemblance to Bethlehem.
   On Saturday Pope Francis received in audience a delegation fromMacra, the Piedmont town that donated the tree, and the centralItalian Diocese of Rieti, which gifted the creche.
   The donated fir tree had to be felled anyway because it was atrisk of collapse, the Vatican said, and after the festivities,its wood will be used to make toys for children in need.
   Francis said this showed how "small gestures are essential inecological conversion.
   "They are gestures of respect and gratitude for God's gifts," headded.
   The tree and the nativity scene will remain in the square up theFeast of the Baptism of the Lord, on January 7. (ANSA).

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