Na­tiv­ity scene un­der­scores im­mi­gra­tion di­vide

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

DEDHAM (AP) — The baby Je­sus con­fined to a black metal cage. The three wise men fenced off in a corner of the manger.

A Catholic church in a Bos­ton sub­urb is us­ing its tra­di­tional Na­tiv­ity scene to un­der­score the na­tion’s im­mi­gra­tion di­vide.

St. Su­sanna’s Par­ish in Dedham un­veiled the dis­play last week­end. Pas­tor Fr. Stephen Jo­soma says the scene isn’t a po­lit­i­cal state­ment but a “Chris­tian mes­sage.”

The scene ref­er­ences the con­tro­ver­sial sep­a­ra­tion of chil­dren from their par­ents at the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der ear­lier this year and the con­tin­ued de­bate over build­ing a more ro­bust bor­der wall. A blue ban­ner above the dis­play asks, “Peace on Earth?”

The church used its Na­tiv­ity last year to call at­ten­tion to gun vi­o­lence by list­ing some of the coun­try’s dead­li­est mass shoot­ing be­hind the dis­play.

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