A tiny wooden relic which some believe to come from Christ’s manger has arrived in Bethlehem ahead of Christmas.
The relic was first sent to the Vatican 1,400 years ago as a gift to the Pope.
It is now sheathed in an ornate case and was greeted by crowds in the West Bank ahead of Advent, which will begin on Sunday 1 December and end on Christmas Eve.
A religious delegation brought the relic to the Franciscan Church of St Catherine, next to the Church of the Nativity – a holy site for Christians in the West Bank where tradition says Jesus was born.
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Via Sky News