- Apr 18, 2021
According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, the Nativity scene displayed in St. Peter’s Square will feature a 52-foot wide sand sculpture from Jesolo, an Italian seaside resort town roughly 40 miles north of Venice.
A topless women’s rights protester with “God is woman” written on her torso tried to steal the baby Jesus image from the Vatican’s nativity scene on Christmas Day.
Roger and Marguerite Sullivan have had the opportunity to travel the world, and they have created an impressive collection of Nativity scenes which they’re displaying at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington.
For sculptor Sylvette Chanel, Advent is the busiest time of the year. She is among the few people left who keeps alive the ancient New France craft of making and repairing wax Jesus figures for Nativity scenes.
Michael DeSanctis, a fine arts, pastoral studies and theology professor at Gannon, has spent countless hours making nativity scenes since 1990. “To me, it’s not so much a hobby as a ministry,” DeSanctis said about making the scenes.
The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need — hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned — don’t exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright.
For 50 years Father Franco Corbo said he had drawn on political themes for his annual Nativity scene at his parish of Sts. Anne and Joachim in Potenza, Italy. In previous years he has presented characters affected by earthquakes, environmental disasters and economic exploitation. This year’s theme of building bridges rather than walls stirred controversy rather than dialogue.
Nativity scenes in public places in Lebanon demonstrate the harmony between Christians and Muslims living in the country. Even though war and persecution plague the Middle East, Lebanon manages to remain a peaceful island of co-habitation and collaboration.