16 December 2000

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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16 December 2000 - Il Messaggero

Rivisondoli - Palestinians in the living crib / Il Presepe vivente abbraccia la Palestina
Mary in the Nativity, Mary in the Annunciation, Joseph and the Nativity Angel will be impersonated this year by young Palestinians, to embrace symbolically a land now dominated by destruction and death. The Child will be, as always, the last born in Rivisondoli this year.

16 December 2000 - Il Centro

L'Aquila - Celestine 5th was not killed / Celestino V non fu ucciso, by Enrico Nardecchia
The hole in the saint's skull was made after his death, says prof. Renato Grilletto, anthropologist of the University of Turin, in a Congress on "Le reliquie insigni dei santi: punto d'incontro tra storia, scienza e devozione". Other studies were presented on the techniques used to preserve bodies in the Middle Ages.

16 December 2000 - Il Centro

Spoltore - A real-size nativity in Santa Teresa / La magia del presepe a Santa Teresa
On Spoltore hills before the church of Santa Lucia real-size statues shine in the night. The hut and the statues are completely hand-made. On 6 January a peace torch-bearing will close the festivities, with a Mass and the coming of the Magi, and a Befana to distribute chocolates and candies to the children.

16 December 2000 - Il Centro

Montesilvano - Living crib in the alleys of the ancient center / Il centro diventa Betlemme
In Montesilvano Colli tomorrow 8th edition of the living crib, a representation of the episodes of the nativity through the alleys of the medieval center, with shepherds and characters in costume.