(CNN) – Jesus, Mary and Joseph don’t normally appear next to astronauts or Darth Vader-esque figures, but the Vatican has upset some Catholics by bringing them together in the latest nativity scene.
Pope Francis inaugurated the scene on Friday, which features a number of life-size ceramic figures, but many people have expressed disapproval for its unusual appearance.
The futuristic figures have been criticized.
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“The Catholic Church has an incredible tradition of beauty, and yet, after a year of trouble, we have set up something that will make people mock Jesus,” added Lev.
Every year the Vatican places a different nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. It is usually a big draw for tourists.
“But to receive these gifts of grace, it is necessary to feel small, poor, and humble, like the figures in the Nativity.”
The nativity scene has received criticism from many Catholics.
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But not everyone was disappointed with this year’s scene.
Tommy Tighe, author of “The Catholic Hipster Handbook,” praised the display on Twitter.
And Lino Rulli, host of The Catholic Guy Show on the radio, was even more exuberant.
However, it is not the first year that the Vatican has opted for an unconventional scene.
In 2018, the nativity scene was sculpted from more than 700 tons of sand to create the 16 meter wide and 5 meter high nativity scene, which covered 25 square meters.