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A nativity scene carved out of olive wood by the Zakharia Brothers workshop in Bethlehem.

This Catholic family in Bethlehem has carved Nativity scenes for popes and presidents

Dec 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Zakharia Brothers woodworking factory makes handcarved Nativity scenes out of olive wood. Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 28, 2022.

Pope Francis: The manger ‘is the throne of our King’

Dec 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The manger and the cross, this is the throne of Jesus,” Pope Francis said. 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 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The first known Nativity scene figurines are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more


PHOTOS: Italian play recalls St. Francis’ Nativity in Greccio

Dec 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Dec. 26, actors in Greccio, Italy put on a play telling the story of how St. Francis of Assisi... Read more

Fresco by Giotto of St. Francis of Assisi embracing the Child Jesus at Christmas Mass in Greccio in 1223, located in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy.

St. Francis and the story of the first Nativity scene

Dec 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

One of the world’s most beloved saints, St. Francis cared deeply for God’s creation. He also loved Christmas, the feast... Read more


PHOTOS: Living Nativity takes to the streets of Rome

Dec 19, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Families dressed as traditional artisans, Roman soldiers, and other characters from the story of Christ’s birth also joined the walk. Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus message for the Third Sunday of Advent on Dec. 11, 2022.

Pope Francis: Be surprised by God’s mercy this Advent

Dec 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Third Sunday of Advent, which marks roughly halfway through the season preceding Christmas, is also known as Gaudete Sunday. Read more

Installation of the first Nativity scene in the European Parliament

European Parliament displays Nativity scene for first time in its history

Dec 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Until now, officials of the European institution had considered it “potentially offensive.” Read more

Pope Francis spent time in silent prayer in front of a nativity scene handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala on Dec. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis blesses Nativity scene made by craftsmen in Guatemala

Dec 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis blessed a Nativity scene on Saturday that was handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala. Read more


Contest seeks to fill Mexico with Nativity scenes in response to attempt to ban them

Nov 18, 2022

By David Ramos

The contest proposes that Mexicans “place Nativity scenes on public property and send photographs to our social media.” Read more


Mexican bishops defend the presence of Christian symbols on public property

Nov 8, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

On Nov. 9, a court will study a legal challenge that seeks to prohibit the placement of “decorative objects in... Read more


Prohibiting Nativity scenes in Mexico would be an ‘attack’ on religious freedom, group says

Nov 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The National Front for the Family said prohibiting Nativity scenes on public property in Mexico would be “an enormous absurdity.” Read more

A Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square.

Christmas 2022: Vatican to display hand-carved wooden nativity scene

Oct 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A second nativity scene, which will be displayed in the Paul VI Hall, was donated by the government of Guatemala. Read more

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

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


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