Pope Francis recently encouraged the placement of nativity scenes in workplaces, schools, and town squares. During a visit to Greccio, Italy (the place where St. Francis of Assisi, re-enacted the first creche scene), the Holy Father signed a document known as an apostolic letter, stressing the importance of creche scenes to popular faith. In the letter he stated, “With this letter, I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the Nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons, and town squares.”
As children, we learn from our parents and grandparents to carry on this joyful tradition, which encapsulates a wealth of popular piety.
It is my hope that this custom will never be lost and that, wherever it has fallen into disuse, it can be rediscovered and revived.”
Pope Francis described a creche scene as “a simple and admirable sign of the Christian faith.”
The pope stressed the message that people could draw from recreating the humble scene, where the baby Jesus was placed in a manger because Mary and Joseph could not find a place to stay for His birth.
Have you placed a Nativity scene in your home?