The Birth of Jesus is one of the favorite themes for artists of all times. Geniuses like El Greco, Rubens and Murillo have tried to represent the Holy Family.
Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the Christians of the Middle East to express his closeness to them at a time of “afflictions and tribulations” due to “the continuing hostilities in the region, but especially because of the work of a newer and disturbing terrorist organization.”
Though the Pope does not refer to the organization by name, Islamic State militants in recent months have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities from their homes and villages in Iraq.
They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Along with Nativity scenes, the Christmas tree stands out as one of the most emblematic symbols of the Holiday season.
In preparing for the Christmas season, Pope Francis has called on the faithful to open their hearts and let the Lord encounter them.