What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
World

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
Vatican

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
Vatican

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
Pope Francis

Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

From the bizarre to the original: Unique Nativity Scenes on display in Rome

2014-12-21

The tradition of setting up nativity scenes was actually born in Italy, thanks to St. Francis of Assisi. So, it doesn't get more Italian than this: A nativity scene, shepherds and all, made out of pasta. 

It's just one of hundreds of original designs, on display at a yearly Christmas exhibit titled "100 Nativity Sets.” 

MARIA MENAGLIA
100 Presepi (Rome)
"This year we have 212 of them on display. They are all new and they came from 42 different countries. From Italy alone, we have some from 14 regions. They represent all the culture of the world.” 

Even though the exhibit is based in Europe, Latin American has a strong presence. Countries like Mexico, Colombia and Peru put forth their best work for the show. 

Displays like these prove that a tradition that started centuries ago, is still very much alive today on a global scale. 

MARIA MENAGLIA
100 Presepi (Rome)
"In the 60's this tradition was dying in Italy. The Christmas tree was more fashionable back then. So my father came up with the idea of this exhibit.  He loved tradition, especially the Nativity Scene. We had ours every year.”

So from now until January 6th, all locals and plenty of visitors will have the chance to head out to Rome's Piazza del Poppolo to see how this old tradition, is still very much alive. A tradition that stems from celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. 


PM/PM/KLH 
AA
VM
-PR
Up: MPI
#World