Furore as priest claims 'Father Christmas doesn't exist'

Parishioners with children leave church

(ANSA) Genoa, February 2 - An elderly priest has set off a furore among some of his parishioners by telling families gathered for mass that "Father Christmas doesn't exist".
    A number of parents and grandparents attending the church in Rapallo walked out in consternation when Father Pasquale Limoncini, aged 89, lambasted in his homily what he called "not exactly sober" Christmas decorations organised by the local council including the construction of a "Father Christmas house" on the sea front of the Ligurian resort.
    Fr. Limoncini went on to declare that "Father Christmas doesn't exist" and called for the poverty and humility of the baby Jesus and the Virgin Mary, patron of the town, to be stressed next Christmas.


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