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Church Manger Features Jesus, Mary And Joseph Separated And Caged

Church Manger Features Jesus, Mary And Joseph Separated And Caged
Church Manger Features Jesus, Mary And Joseph Separated And Caged

Video: Church Manger Features Jesus, Mary And Joseph Separated And Caged

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Video: Church nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages 2023, January
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The manger of the Claremont Methodist Church in California surprised many as it shows baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph separated and caged in protest at the situation of families in immigration detention centers on the US border that have been separated.

As reflected in this representation of the Holy Family that has installed this church in its nativity scene, thousands of immigrant families, mostly Hispanic, have been separated from their children since July 2017 after being detained at the border due to the regulations imposed by the administration of President Donald Trump.

In a Facebook message, the church asked the key question: "What would we do if this family sought refuge in our country today?" A question that invites reflection in favor of a more compassionate treatment of immigrants and refugees.

Claremont UMC Nativity
Claremont UMC Nativity

In the same message on Facebook, it is indicated that there is another manger inside the church with the Holy Family gathered that symbolizes the hope that the immigrant families who today remain behind bars and separated from their children can meet again.

Church Minister Karen Clark Ristine added that Jesus, Mary and Joseph are "the most famous refugee family in the world" because they had to escape from a tyrant king, referring to the passage in the Gospels that tells of the flight to Egypt. of the newborn and his parents after the brutal repression of King Herod determined to kill the little one and who ends up spilling the blood of the Holy Innocents.

"Imagine if Maria and José were separated at the border and Jesus - less than two years old - was separated from his mother and put behind bars in an immigration detention center," concluded the powerful message.

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