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Of course, the Nativity scene traditionally depicts the birth of Jesus Christ in a creche in Bethlehem surrounded by mother Mary and father Joseph, often including the three wise men and shepherds. But the display at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, in Capocastello di Mercogliano, Italy, features two “Mary” figures and omits Joseph.
The Nativity scene seems to include the older, meticulously painted placards of Mary and an angel, a statuette of Jesus lying in a manger, and a more crudely painted stand-up of a second female figure.
Left-wing activist Father Vitaliano Della Sala defended the display, saying, “I wanted to show with this scene that families are no longer just the traditional ones,” according to Reuters.
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