(Image source: National Catholic Register)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

 

Pope Benedict XVI's latest book hit shelves Wednesday. It is the third and final installment of his trilogy on the life of Jesus Christ. Here’s KNOP.

"The book is titled 'The Infancy Narratives - Jesus of Nazareth.' ... The narrative strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an unequivocal truth of faith."

The book is being published in 50 countries and 21 languages. This final piece of the Pope’s trilogy analyses the gospel narratives from Jesus’ birth to 12 years of age. And the BBC reports it challenges several widely-held beliefs.

“...he debunks several Christmas traditions, including the year of Jesus’ birth, which the Pope argues was miscalculated by a monk.”

Pope Benedict also challenges the Nativity scene. Here’s KPTM.

"In it the skeptical pointiff says there's no mention of the farm animals in the Gospels and it may have been inspired by pre Christian tradition like those in the Hebrew bibles."

But if you still love the look of livestock, The Telegraph reports—despite his skepticism—the Pope believes “...the tradition of donkeys or oxen beside the manger was so deeply entrenched that it would doubtless survive his scepticism.”

And one belief Benedict backs? The Virgin Mary truly was a virgin. He calls the birth and the story of Christ’s resurrection “cornerstones of faith” because they demonstrate God’s power over matter.

 

Pope Challenges Christmas Traditions in Newest Book

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Nov 21, 2012

Pope Challenges Christmas Traditions in Newest Book

(Image source: National Catholic Register)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE
ANCHOR LAUREN GORES

 

Pope Benedict XVI's latest book hit shelves Wednesday. It is the third and final installment of his trilogy on the life of Jesus Christ. Here’s KNOP.

"The book is titled 'The Infancy Narratives - Jesus of Nazareth.' ... The narrative strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an unequivocal truth of faith."

The book is being published in 50 countries and 21 languages. This final piece of the Pope’s trilogy analyses the gospel narratives from Jesus’ birth to 12 years of age. And the BBC reports it challenges several widely-held beliefs.

“...he debunks several Christmas traditions, including the year of Jesus’ birth, which the Pope argues was miscalculated by a monk.”

Pope Benedict also challenges the Nativity scene. Here’s KPTM.

"In it the skeptical pointiff says there's no mention of the farm animals in the Gospels and it may have been inspired by pre Christian tradition like those in the Hebrew bibles."

But if you still love the look of livestock, The Telegraph reports—despite his skepticism—the Pope believes “...the tradition of donkeys or oxen beside the manger was so deeply entrenched that it would doubtless survive his scepticism.”

And one belief Benedict backs? The Virgin Mary truly was a virgin. He calls the birth and the story of Christ’s resurrection “cornerstones of faith” because they demonstrate God’s power over matter.

 

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