Pope Blesses Childrens’ Figures of Jesus on ‘Bambinelli Sunday’
By Jim Fair
The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday. But to the children gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus with the Holy Father it also is “Bambinelli Sunday”.
It was during the Angelus fifty years ago that St. Paul VI first blessed the statues of the Child Jesus brought by children to St. Peter’s Square, according to
Vatican News. Children bring the figures of Jesus from their home nativity scenes and the Pope blesses them.
“I greet you, dear youngsters, who have come with the statuettes of the Child Jesus for your crib,” Pope Francis said. “Raise the statuettes! I bless them from my heart.”
“The crib is like a living Gospel. [. . .] While we contemplate the Nativity Scene, we are invited to put ourselves spiritually on the way, drawn by the humility of Jesus, God, He who made himself man to encounter each one of us. And we discover that He loves us to such a point as to unite Himself to us so that we too can unite ourselves to Him” (Cf. Apostolic Letter
Admirabile Signum, 1).
The Holy Father also noted that in less than a year, the 52
nd International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Budapest, from September 13-20, 2020.
“For over a century Eucharistic Congresses recall that the Eucharist is at the center of the life of the Church. The theme of the next Congress will be ‘All my Springs Are in You’ (
Psalm 87”7). Let us pray that Budapest’s Eucharistic event may foster processes of renewal in Christian communities” ( Address to the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, November 10, 2018).
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