The Pope has obviously declared war on Christmas:
For 25 years, the Christmas Nativity scene in front of St Peter’s Basilica has shown the infant Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem.I wonder what Billo will say?
This year, however, the Vatican has decided to radically change the scene, shifting it to Nazareth, and placing Jesus in his father’s carpentry shop.
When Pope Benedict XVI inaugurates the life-size Nativity scene on Christmas eve, the sheep and hay will be gone.
In their place will be a model of three rooms.
Jesus will lie in Joseph’s shop, complete with “the typical work tools of a carpenter”.
On one side, the shop will be flanked with a “covered patio”, while on the other there will be the “inside of a pub, with its hearth”.
The news came in an official statement from the State Department of the Vatican, which organises and builds the giant presepe, or Nativity scene.