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Vatican to unveil nativity scene celebrating the 800th anniversary of the crèche

A view of St Peter's Square following the Christmas tree and nativity scene lighting ceremony at the Vatican, on Saturday, 3rd December, 2022

Vatican CityRNS A life-size crèche representing the nativity will be unveiled at St Peter’s Square on Saturday, celebrating the 800th anniversary of a Catholic tradition long since adopted by Christians across denominations. The crèche has enjoyed great popularity in Italy and beyond ever since St Francis of Assisi created the first one in 1223 in […]

Pope appeals to the young to save the planet, find peace

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Assisi, Italy AP Pope Francis, visiting Assisi, the birthplace of his namesake saint who was close to nature, called on Saturday for “courage” in abandoning fossil fuels and lamented that older generations didn’t know how to protect the planet and secure peace. He told young people he was pinning his hopes on their efforts in […]

Pope offers hope to poor in visit to namesake’s Assisi home

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Assisi, Italy AP Pope Francis travelled to the hilltop town of his namesake for the fifth time in his pontificate on Friday to honour the poorest and most marginal and urge that they be welcomed and cared for by the church. In one of his first outings in Italy since the coronavirus pandemic, Francis took […]

Pope in first post-lockdown outing goes to Assisi to sign text

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Assisi, ItalyAP Pope Francis travelled to the tomb of his nature-loving namesake and signed an encyclical Saturday laying out his vision of a post-COVID world built on solidarity, fraternity and care for the environment. In his first outing from Rome since late February, Francis celebrated Mass in the crypt of the Basilica of St Francis […]

Pope set to make first trip since pandemic to saint’s town

Pope Francis in Assisi 2016

Vatican CityAP Pope Francis is next month set to make what would be his first visit outside Rome since Italy was put under lockdown in early March when it became the first country in Europe to feel the full brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pope is to journey to Assisi, the birthplace in the […]

As Christmas season starts, Pope defends nativity scenes in public places

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Rome, ItalyReuters Pope Francis on Sunday defended the display of nativity scenes in town squares and other public places, which has become an annual contentious issue at Christmas time in countries such as the United States and France.  The Pope travelled to the town of Greccio, east of Rome, to visit the spot where St […]