After 1400 years, relic of Jesus' manger returns to Bethlehem in time for Christmas

After 1400 years, relic of Jesus' manger returns to Bethlehem in time for Christmas

- A relic of Jesus manger will be returned to Bethlehem 1400 years after it was taken

- The important piece which was gifted to the then pope in Rome was shown to the worshippers on Friday, November 29

- Its arrival on Saturday, November 30, will coincide with Advent, a four-week window period leading to Christmas

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As Christmas approaches, Christians are celebrating the return of a little wooden relic that was believed to be part of Jesus manger, 1400 years after it was gifted to the pope in Rome.

Fox News reports that the small-sized cradle was shown to worshipers on Friday, November 29, at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem during a-day celebration and prayer.

By Saturday, November 30, the media said it would be sent to its permanent place at the Franciscan Church of St Catherine, very close to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.

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The relic on the same day of Advent, a four-week period before Christmas.

The relic on the same day of Advent, a four-week period before Christmas.
Source: UGC

It should be noted that the arrival of the important piece will happen on the same day of Advent, a four-week period that will usher in Christmas.

The Vatican said Pope Francis is returning the piece to the custodian of religious sites in Bethlehem as a gift.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that a pair of sneakers worth about $2762 - which is an estimated R43 000 - sold out in less than one hour after it was made available to purchase.

The sneakers named Jesus Shoes was officially launched on Tuesday, October 8, and they come with holy water in the sole.

It was gathered that the holy water was fetched from the biblical River Jordan and the shoes were first blessed by a priest.

Dubbed Nike Air Max 97s trainers, the shoes came with crucifixes placed on top of the laces on the right side. They also come with drops of red ink on the sneaker's tongue which symbolises the blood of Christ.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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