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Francis prepares for first Nativity Mass as pontiff24 December, 18:20
Complete with life-sized figures, the manger scene donated by the Archdiocese of Naples had been under wraps for days. The Nativity scene, representing the stable where Jesus was born, was titled: "Francis 1223 - Francis 2013" in recognition of the fact the pope took his name from the humble medieval St.
Francis of Assisi.
St. Francis also instituted the concept of creating nativity scenes, with the first in 1223.