Letter from Rome: No crib for his bed

Pope Francis to issue new document on the real meaning of the Nativity scene
Letter from Rome: No crib for his bed

Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, apostolic nuncio to the Holy Land, leads a Mass at Our Lady of Peace Chapel at Notre Dame in Jerusalem on Nov. 29, opening the ceremony for the arrival of a small piece of the Relic of the Holy Crib of the Child Jesus as a gift from Pope Francis at the start of Advent celebrations. (Photo: Gali Tibbon/AFP) 

Christians in the West started the new liturgical year on Dec. 1 with the beginning of Advent.

Traditionally, this has been a season marked by joyful waiting for the arrival of Christmas. And, yet, a week-and-a-half before Advent had even arrived, the governor's office of Vatican City had already hoisted a giant Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square.

So much for waiting, joyfully or otherwise … 

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