Italy: Palmero welcomes Black Baby Jesus as symbol of hope for migrants

Citizens of Palermo alongside local officials gathered to receive a black baby Jesus doll, gifted to them by a Sri Lankan immigrant family, on Wednesday. Headed by President of the CEI Commission for Migration and the Migrantes Foundation Monsignor Guerino Di Tora and Father Giuseppe Garofalo, locals processed to a patrol boat, bringing black baby Jesus from La Cala port to the port of Palermo... Еще. Garofalo stated the gift is the beginning of greater awareness, «We want all migrants to be welcomed and integrated and this hope starts right from here, from the sea. A new land which is a new hope for them, for their future and also a new history for Europe.» The black baby Jesus will be placed in the 'Presepe dei Migranti' (Migrants Nativity) boat set up in the Church of Saint Ignatius martire all'Olivella in Palermo. Father Giuseppe Garofalo said that the gift was a symbol of hope adding, «The little black baby in the nativity is welcomed by all of us, it is a gesture of great solidarity. A little boy who comes from the sea.»

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