POPE PAYS SURPRISE VISIT TO 100 CRIBS EXHIBIT
Pope Francis this afternoon paid a visit to the exhibit called “100 Cribs in the Vatican” that had been officially inaugurated yesterday in the Pius X Hall of a Vatican building just off Via della Conciliazione. The exhibit will remain open until January 13.
You will recall that last Sunday, when he visited the town of Greccio where in 1223 St. Francis set up the first living Nativity scene, Pope Francis signed his Apostolic Letter Admirabile signum on the meaning and importance of the Nativity scene. Today’s visit, according to vaticannews, showed that the Pope wanted to give a further sign of your attention to this tradition of faith. (Vatican photo)
He was welcomed by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, who accompanied him to explain the works represented. The Pope also met the artists accompanied by their families, recited a prayer and blessed those present.
The Chamber Choir of the Chorus School “Kodály” in Budapest, visiting the Vatican with a Hungarian delegation, performed some Christmas songs. The Pope spent about 40 minutes at the exhibit, leaving just before 5 pm.
For a history of the 100 Cribs exhibit: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-01/christmas-10-cribs-vatican-exhibition.html