Nativity scene

Pope Francis meets a delegation of people who donated the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square and the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 10, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Avoid "fake Christmas" of Commercialism by Reflecting on God’s Closeness: Pope Francis

Dec 10, 2021

The Vatican’s 2021 nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis incenses the nativity scene in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2017. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Nativity Scenes Show a 'domestic Gospel'

Dec 18, 2019

Pope Francis Wednesday called Christmas nativity scenes a “domestic Gospel,” which helps to make the Holy Family present in one’s home.

Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square on December 9, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: Advent is a Time of Conversion

Dec 15, 2019

As Pope Francis blessed children's nativity scene figurines Sunday, the pope said that the Advent season is a time of conversion to make space in one’s heart for Christ to come and fill it with joy.