By Melissa Butz
Pope Francis visited the exhibit “100 presepi,” an international show that has been bringing the most special nativity scenes to the Eternal City for decades.
This year, again, it is set-up very close to the Vatican and the pope wanted to see for himself the creativity and variety in sharing the story from 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem.
There he found nativity scenes made with new materials and others that were more traditional and conventional.
Pope Francis walked through the exhibit greeting the visitors and artists from around the world who have recreated the birth of the Savior.
Once the tour was completed, he said a short prayer and blessed the nativity scenes.
The entertainment during the visit were these young Hungarians who sang some traditional Christmas carols for Pope Francis.