Monday, December 14, 2009

Black Jezus Nativity christmas scene angers Italian town

A nativity scene featuring a dark-skinned Jesus, Mary and Joseph has caused a storm after going on display in a Verona courthouse.

The nativity's appearance coincides with the right-wing Northern League's controversial operation 'White Christmas', a two-month sweep ending on Christmas Day to ferret out foreigners without proper permits in Coccaglio, a small League-led town east of Milan.

The Christmas scene - featuring a dark-skinned baby Jesus dressed in a red shirt and lying in a manger - was the idea of Mario Giulio Schinaia, the chief Public Prosecutor in Verona.

(The picture is not the actual nativity scene.)

Read: Nativity scene with black Holy Family causes storm in Italian town that launched 'White Christmas' drive


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