Ho-Ho-Ho… Italian Churches Now Include Mosques in Nativity Scenes
At Our Lady of Divine Providence in Genoa, Father Prospero Bonanzi put a mosque and a minaret in his crib scene. (La Repubblica)
Churches in Italy are including Muslim figurines in their Nativity Scenes this year as a symbol of inclusivity.
Not everyone is happy about it
The BBC reported:
Right-wing politicians have protested at the inclusion of Islamic symbols in nativity scenes in northern Italy.
Elaborate cribs with figurines enacting the nativity decorate most Catholic churches in Italy at this time of year.
A priest at a Genoa church put a mosque and minaret in his crib, while a crib at a Venice school also had a mosque.
The Genoa branch of the anti-immigrant Northern League reacted with fury. But a senior church figure said there are no firm rules on what can be included.
At Our Lady of Divine Providence in Genoa, Father Prospero Bonanzi put a mosque and a minaret in his crib.
“The act of a fool,” the local branch of the party called the priest’s decision.
“The only thing he missed out was the suicide bomber ready to blow up Christ’s manger,” was the comment of the Northern League’s European deputy Mario Borghezio.
Islam in Europe has more on the multicultural Christmas scenes.