Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

  • Christian clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger at the Church of Saint Saviour in Jerusalem’s old city, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Christians are celebrating the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger nearly 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

  • Christian clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger outside the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Christians are celebrating the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger nearly 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

  • Custodian of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, Francesco Patton holds a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus’ manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

  • Custodian of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, Francesco Patton carries a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus’ manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

  • A wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger is seen in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus’ manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

  • Christian clergymen, carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus’ manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus’ manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope.

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