Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 (a “living” one) intending thereby to cultivate the worship of Christ. It was inspired a recent visit of his to the Holy Land where he had been shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace. The scene’s popularity and message of birth and hope for the world inspired communities throughout Christendom to stage similar pantomimes and Nativity scenes.
Fr. Anthony Casamento
Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.