Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Syracuse participated in a long papal tradition this Advent season: the Blessing of the Bambinelli.

    On the Third Sunday of Advent, the children of Rome bring the Christ Child — the Bambinelli — from their family mangers to St. Peter’s Square for the Holy Father to bless at the time of his Sunday Angelus.

    Parishes in the diocese offered the blessing during Masses Dec. 10 and 11, and Catholic schools students took part as well. On this page are scenes from the blessing at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt and St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville; visit for more photos and video.

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