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The Pope has written a book about the birth of Christ and he is blowing up one of the most widely held beliefs about the night of the miracle.
In his book, "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives," the Pope says there were no animals in the manger. What? The Pope says that the manger scene should be without the sheep that are a part of the traditional modern day depiction.
Dang! I paid extra for those animals when I bought my nativity scene. Now I have to leave the sheep and donkey in the box. Maybe I will put them elsewhere in the room. Obviously, there were animals somewhere in Bethlehem that night.
So can I keep the Three Wisemen in the scene? Maybe.....maybe not.
In his book, Pope Benedict concedes the Three Wisemen are most likely inspired by an idea rather than by a "historical event."
I'll go ahead and leave them as a part of my Nativity setup. But I won't feel guilty if I accidently drop one and break it now.