Revered relic of the Nativity heads back to Bethlehem
A wooden fragment said to be from the crib of the infant Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on Friday on its way back to Bethlehem after a millenium-long absence. The relic, housed in Rome since the seventh century, was presented to the Franciscan custodians of the Holy Land at a mass in the Notre Dame Catholic centre opposite the walls of Jerusalem's Old city.
The Christmas scene in California depicts Jesus ' family as separated refugees. A Southern California church flipped the lights on its outdoor manger scene Saturday evening to reveal Jesus , Mary and Joseph as border detainees, each figure isolated in its own chain-link cage with a
Jesus & Mary Chain link fence. Click to expand It doesn't matter, it was in California , so the rest of the country will find some way to rationalize hating it.
A church in California is capturing widespread attention online after a photo emerged of its new nativity scene, which depicts the Holy Family in cages to symbolize migrant families that were separated at the southern border under the Trump administration.
In a photo posted to Facebook by Karen Clark Ristine, whoidentified as a senior minister at the Claremont United Methodist Church, figures depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph could be seen placed in cages in the nativity scene.
Second Lady Karen Pence is going back in time for a Victorian Christmas
Second Lady Karen Pence's inspiration for this year's holiday decorations at the vice president's residence was the home itself."This year’s theme, `Victorian Christmas', showcases the rich history of the residence and highlights the beauty of the special landmark that we are blessed to call home," Pence said in a statement.
"In the Claremont United Methodist Church nativity scene this Christmas, the Holy Family takes the place of the thousands of nameless families separated at our borders ." Border apprehensions dropped in November for 5th consecutive month, per DHS data.
The nativity scene at Fellowship Congregational Church in Tulsa, Okla., looks a little different this year: There is a chain-link fence surrounding Mary , Joseph and the baby Jesus . The display has been up since the beginning of December
Ristine described the Holy Family as "the most well-known refugee family in the world" in the post on Saturday.
"Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death," she wrote, asking: "What if this family sought refuge in our country today?"
"Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center," she continued, adding: "In the Claremont United Methodist Church nativity scene this Christmas, the Holy Family takes the place of the thousands of nameless families separated at our borders."
Ristine said the Holy Family "is reunited" in another nativity scene inside the church.
US Marine arrested on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across border
A U.S. Marine was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on charges of smuggling undocumented immigrants across the southern border outside of San Diego. "On December 2, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a junior-enlisted Marine with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel for allegedly bringing in undocumented immigrants at the San Ysidro port of entry," the Marine Corps said in a statement. "The Marine is currently being held in civilian custody. The determination as to the adjudicating authority has not yet been made.
This Cathedral Put a Nativity Scene in a Cage to Protest President Trump's Immigration Policy. As part of Christ Church Cathedral’s #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign, nativity statues of the baby Jesus , Mary and Joseph were displayed behind a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire on Tuesday.
WATCH: A church in Indianapolis, Indiana caged a nativity scene featuring Jesus , Mary and Joseph as part of its protest against President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy which has seen children separated from their parents. “We pray for those families separated at the border .
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Her post, which went up on Saturday night, has racked up more than 17,000 shares and nearly 6,000 reactions as of Sunday night.
However, Ristine's church is not the first to condemn migrant family separations under the Trump administration. A Massachusetts church similarly used its nativity scene to take aim at family separations that resulted from the Trump administration's controversial "tolerance" policy.
The "zero-tolerance" policy that was implemented under the Trump administration last year led to the separations of hundreds of migrant families at the southern border. Trump signed an executive order ending the policy just a few months after it was first adopted along the border amid sharp bipartisan backlash and much public opposition.
However, a number of criticsthat migrant families have continued to be separated at the border despite the executive order ending the policy. Back in October, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged that over 5,400 children in total had been separated from the families under the Trump administration since July 2017, according to .
Kanye West Plots Second Staging of Opera ‘Mary’ in New York City .
Kanye West’s new opera Mary will get its second performance December 22nd at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Directed by Vanessa Beecroft and featuring music from West’s Sunday Service choir, Mary was first performed earlier this month at the Miami Marine Stadium during Art Basel Miami. Tickets are available via the Lincoln Center website. pic.twitter.com/r3Ze9AoS7w — ye (@kanyewest) December 17, 2019 Per a statement, Mary is “based on the biblical story of the miraculous events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. The Books of Matthew and Luke recount the story of Mary, who was divinely chosen by God to bring forth the Messiah.