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10 Reasons Popes Francis and Benedict love the Christmas crib

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Rev. Fr. Martín I. Esguerra-López, M.Id, D.Min. - published on 11/27/20

This tradition is anything but mere decoration.

Pope Francis loves the Christmas Nativity scenes so much that last year he wrote a whole letter on this tradition, which traces back to his namesake, St. Francis. Pope Benedict XVI as well often pointed out the value of this beautiful tradition.

As you’re standing before your own family Christmas crib this year, enjoy these 10 reflections from the pontiffs about the creche.

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