Nov 29, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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Christians in the Holy Land are celebrating the return of a tiny wooden relic they believe was part of Jesus’ manger.

The thumb-sized relic was unveiled to worshippers today at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem for a day of celebrations and prayer.

Saturday it goes to its permanent home at the Franciscan Church of St. Catherine, next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where tradition says Jesus was born.

That arrival coincides with Advent, the four-week period leading up to Christmas.

The Vatican says the return is part of Pope Francis’ Christmas present to the Holy Land, nearly 1,400-hundred years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the Pope.

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