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Giotto's Nativity fresco projected on the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi is illuminated with Giotto’s frescoes this Christmas season

Dec 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Assisi debuted its Giotto Christmas light display in December 2020, but Italy’s coronavirus restrictions last year prevented people from visiting. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2020.

10 things that Pope Francis wants us to learn from the nativity scene

Dec 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The tradition was born in an unassuming town in 1223. Read more

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

First known nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Dec 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

They are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more

Students at The Catholic University of America posing with Delilah the Camel at the school's annual "Greccio" live nativity event on Dec. 12, 2021.

Live nativity scene (camel included) gives Catholic University students a welcome study break

Dec 12, 2021

By Shannon Mullen

On Sunday night, Dec. 12, Delilah the Camel was the B.M.O.C. (Biggest Mammal on Campus) at The Catholic University of... Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation of people who donated the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square and the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis: Avoid ‘fake Christmas’ of commercialism by reflecting on God’s closeness

Dec 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s 2021 nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square. Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, and Archbishop Georg Gänswein with the nativity scene on Dec. 8, 2021.

Benedict XVI receives nativity scene from homeland of Bavaria

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Christmas crib was also presented to Pope Francis. Read more

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The Vatican Nativity scene 2021 will include llamas and superfood for Baby Jesus

Sep 19, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

The 2021 manger that will be placed in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican to celebrate Christmas will arrive from... Read more

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

Dec 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Archbishop Rino Fisichella at the inauguration of '100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican' Dec. 13, 2020.

Mini Pope Francis featured in Vatican’s annual 100 nativity scenes display

Dec 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Among the novelties of this year’s “100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican” exhibit is the inclusion of a miniature Pope... Read more

The Vatican’s nativity scene is unveiled in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 11, 2020.

‘It doesn’t embarrass us’: Art teacher defends Vatican’s much-maligned nativity scene

Dec 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A teacher at the art institute where the Vatican’s much-maligned nativity scene was made has responded to its critics.  Read more

Giotto’s Nativity is projected on the facade of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi in Advent: illuminated frescoes and a nurse in a nativity scene

Dec 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Assisi unveiled a nativity scene Tuesday made of 50 figurines of shepherds, angels, and barn animals with a new addition... Read more

A detail from the monumental Nativity scene of the Castelli.

Vatican Christmas display to be ‘a sign of hope’ during pandemic

Nov 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced the details of the 2020 edition of the annual Christmas display in St. Peter’s Square, intended to... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the nativity scene in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2017.

Pope Francis: Nativity scenes show a 'domestic Gospel'

Dec 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s... Read more

Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on December 9, 2016.

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of conversion

Dec 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As Pope Francis blessed children's nativity scene figurines Sunday, the pope said that the Advent season is a time of... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2018.

Pope's letter on nativity scenes shares the story behind a beloved Christmas tradition

Dec 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter Dec. 1 on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful... Read more

Italian priest cancels Nativity display to avoid offending people

Dec 15, 2016

An Italian priest is under fire from locals for deciding against setting up the typical Nativity scene in his town’s... Read more

Unveiling of the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 9, 2016.

As Vatican lights Christmas tree, Pope reflects on Nativity scene

Dec 9, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for... Read more