No animals in manger at Jesus’ birth, Pope Benedict XVI writes in final Jesus of Nazareth book

By on Nov 23, 2012 in Lifestyle, World Comments

The book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives has been released, where Pope Benedict XVI reportedly wrote that there were no animals in the manger, the place where Jesus Christ was born, noting that the traditional manger, or Nativity scene with animals such as cattle and donkeys are not based on facts.

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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
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According to a report at CNN on Thursday, November 22, 2012, the pope’s research, which was explained in the third and final edition of his Jesus of Nazareth book series, there is also no proof in the Gospels that the cattle and other animals gathered around the manger, contrary to what Catholics have believed.

In addition, Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, reportedly wrote that there were no angels singing during the birth of Jesus Christ, which inspired Christians in creating Christmas carols. The pope also noted that the Christian calendar was based on a mistake by a 6th century monk, which calculated the birth date of Jesus Christ.

“The pope is a traditional man and he doesn’t want people at all to change their traditions,” Alessandro Speciale, Vatican correspondent for the Religion News Service, was quoted telling to CNN, noting that Pope Benedict XVI does not aim to debunk Christian tradition about Christmas.

This final Jesus of Nazareth book, which is now available in bookstores and online such as, was released on Wednesday, November 21. The book was released across 50 countries in Italian, German, Croatian, French, English, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish, and will be translated into 12 more languages.

The first book, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration was published in 2007, while the second book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection was released in 2011.

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