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The scene included lambs, goats, shepherds, angels and, of course, the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. 

"I am the mother of St. Joseph. He lives in this area and was chosen because he physically resembles Saint Joseph. He is joined by a beautiful Virgin Mary.” 

"I am a peasant, and all peasants go and adore Jesus on his manger when he is born.” 

During the living Nativity scene, organizers gathered toys, clothes and food for people in need.Hundreds of people, carrying red candles, walked the neighborhood to illuminate and participate in the tradition depiction. 

"This scene has been magical, a real surprise. We weren't expecting real animals, there's goats, lambs, chickens; we even saw the camels of the Three Wise Men.” 

This is the second year organizers at the living Nativity scene read several passages written by Benedict XVI and Mother Theresa of Calcutta

The music also took prominence. This angel-turned violinist played several carols throughout the ceremony.