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Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known nativity scene figurines can now be seen in St. Mary Major Basilica

The first known nativity scene figurines are on display this Christmas in one of Rome’s oldest basilicas.  Read more

Pope Francis blesses nativity scenes near the Vatican Dec. 9, 2019.

Pope Francis blesses 100 nativity scenes near the Vatican

Pope Francis Monday stopped by the “100 Nativities in the Vatican” display to bless Christmas scenes from all over the... Read more

Pope Francis in the Paul VI hall Dec. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis: Make space for wonder this Christmas

Make space for wonder and surprise this Christmas, Pope Francis urged Wednesday, explaining that the first Christmas had many surprises... Read more

Nativity made of red coral in the "100 Nativities at the Vatican" display.

'100 Nativities in the Vatican' seeks to show true meaning of Christmas

More than 100 nativity scenes are on display near the Vatican as the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the... Read more

Rich Varano.

American sculptor humbled to bring sand nativity to Vatican

Growing up next door to Daytona Beach in Florida, Rich Varano spent a lot of time making things out of... Read more

Construction begins on 2018 Vatican Nativity scene.

Artists begin work on Vatican Christmas nativity – out of sand

The Vatican’s nativity scene will be a little bit different this year. In a departure from the traditional Neapolitan or... Read more

Nativity Scene for Christmas 2013 designed by Antonio Cantone in Saint Peters Square

Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope... Read more