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Christmas 2022

We certainly live in times that are not easy: wars, poverty, discrimination … But the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus were also challenging for all those involved. However, there are two constant messages from God in the Infancy Narratives: “Don’t be afraid” and “Rejoice”. Mary, Joseph and the shepherds are just a few examples of those who received these extraordinary encouragements.

God is doing something wonderful: He is coming to earth in the fragile form of a little baby. // FEAR IS REPLACED BY JOY. //

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From 16 to 24 December 
Christmas Novena

  • 6:00pm: Novena Holy Mass

Saturday 17 December 
Blessing of the Nativity Scenes

  • Around 6:45pm: Radial chapels of the Basilica, at the end of the 6:00pm Mass

24 December 
Christmas Eve

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The “great walkers” in the Nativity Scene, the humble characters who teach us about the greatness of Christmas

In reading the accounts of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, we can notice that all the protagonists of the Christmas story are “great walkers.”

First of all there are Mary and Joseph, who travel 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem, but their donkey is also with them; then there are the shepherds who set out with their flocks to welcome the Little Child, and also the horses and camels of the Three Wise Men, who come from the East following a star to meet the Son of God.

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800 hundred years ago in Forlì St. Anthony’s adventure as preacher of the Gospel began in earnest!

Exactly eight centuries ago Anthony, a young friar who had arrived on the coasts of Sicily after an adventurous shipwreck, was living in a friary in Montepaolo, on the hills south of Forlì, where he had gone with other friars after meeting St. Francis of Assisi in May 1221.

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