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Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square/2016

Bakers Present Pope With Christmas Crib of Bread

To affirm the importance of welcome and solidarity

[From Vatican Radio]

During his last General Audience before Christmas, Pope Francis on Wednesday met with a delegation of Roman bakers. To mark the occasion they gave the Pope a sculpture of bread in the shape of a crib made by master baker Fabio Albanesi.

The edible work was presented by Mr Albanesi and the coordinator of the bakers of Rome, Giancarlo Giambarresi.

Speaking about the meeting and the gift, the National President of the Association of Bakers, Davide Trombini said, “it is a very significant event for the bakers of Rome in an important moment in the life of the city and the country which is facing many issues related to ongoing economic difficulties and coexistence: with this initiative the bakers want to affirm the importance of welcome and solidarity towards others, which is the most important message that comes to us from the impending celebration of Christmas.”

In June this year the Association distributed bread to the pilgrims in St Peter’s Square as part of the Jubilee of Mercy celebrations.

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