Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vatican nativity scene pays tribute to the plight of refugees

By Amah-Rose Abrams
This year’s Vatican Nativity scene. Photo VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images
VATICAN CITY---The Vatican paid tribute to refugees on Friday, December 9, with the opening of the Pope’s annual nativity scene installed in St. Peter’s Square. The scene features not only the traditional depiction of the birth of Jesus but also a luzzu, a traditional Maltese fishing boat, which was donated to the Vatican by the Archdiocese and government of Malta, the Huffington Post reports. The number of refugees crossing to Italy from Malta has lessened in recent times, but many still attempt the treacherous crossing. [link]