Pontiff Says the Crib Reflects Culture and Art Too
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 20, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Christ Child's crib is not only an expression of spirituality but also of "culture and art," says Benedict XVI.
The Pope encouraged this family tradition when he commented at the end of today's general audience, held in Paul VI Hall. About 8,000 people were on hand.
On greeting young people, the sick and newlyweds present, the Holy Father reminded them that "within a few days is Christmas and I imagine that in your homes you are putting the finishing touches on your Crib, which is a particularly evocative representation of Christmas."
"I hope that such an important element, not only of our spirituality but also of our culture and art, will continue to be a simple and eloquent way to remember the One who came 'to dwell among us,'" Benedict XVI said.
In recent years a number of Western countries, including Italy, have seen disputes over the display of Christmas symbols, particularly in schools and other public places.