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NEW HAVEN – The Knights of Columbus Museum’s eighth annual crèche exhibition, "Joyeux Noel: Christmas in Canada," recognizes Canada’s strong Christian devotion and popular celebration of Christmas, featuring crèches, sculptures and other forms of art.

The exhibition, which opened Nov. 15, runs until Feb. 3.

Canada is among the largest nations on earth geographically, and it has a population of 35 million people, growing in size and diversity through immigration.

Three quarters of Canadian citizens identify themselves as Christians, and the nation’s Christian heritage traces back over four centuries to settlements established along its Atlantic shores by explorers and traders from Europe.

Canada’s French-speaking eastern provinces still have a strong Catholic tradition, dating to their establishment by settlers from France. In other regions of Canada, Christianity has a broad base of traditions brought by other European immigrants as well as from Asia.

The crèche, or nativity scene, has been enjoyed by French Canadians for centuries. Interest in the crèche has grown among other Canadian Christians as well.

All the artwork on display is of Canadian origin. Lenders include St. Joseph’s Oratory Museum in Montreal and the Rivière-Éternité collection from the province of Quebec as well as Canadian sculptors Timothy Schmalz and Antonio Caruso, two of Canada’s finest living artists. Other crèches and art are on loan from the International Crèche Museum in Dayton, Ohio, and the Des Ruisseaux Collection in New Hampshire.

The museum is open from 10-5 daily, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission and parking are free.


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.