Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Vatican nativity scene 'low-cost' this year

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Vatican City, November 21 - Preparations for this
year's Vatican nativity scene began on Wednesday with the
promise of a low-cost approach in tune with the economic crisis
in Italy and Europe.
The large creche, built at the foot of the obelisk in the
middle of St. Peter's square, has been a Vatican tradition since
1982 when Pope John Paul II introduced it as a way of making
Christianity's biggest square more Christmasy.
This year's near life-size statues will come from the
region of Basilicata, while the crib and the traditional
Christmas tree will be provided by the region of Molise.
The inauguration of the creche, which traditionally
takes place on Christmas Eve, marks the start of a 'peace
vigil' in St. Peter's with a light kept burning on the balcony
from which the pope delivers his sermons.
The St. Peter's scene joins another famous creche at the
Spanish Steps which has been part of Roman Christmases for
years.
Italy is famous for its nativity scenes, dazzling
tourists with its many magical representations of the birth
of Jesus in the run-up to Christmas.

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