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Pope’s Christmas card features Bassano painting

December 17, 2012

Continuing a tradition begun by Pope Paul VI in 1963, Pope Benedict is sending Christmas cards to the members of the Roman Curia.

The card’s greeting -- Veritas de terra orta est! -- is taken from Psalm 84 (85) and is translated “truth is sprung out of the earth” in the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible. The card also features “The Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds” by Leandro Bassano (1557-1622).


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