In Naples, Three Wise Men get COVID health pass to visit Jesus' manger

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A Christmas nativity figurine is pictured holding a COVID-19 wellness pass, successful Naples, Italy November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

NAPLES, Italy, Nov 4 (Reuters) - The Three Wise Men person thing other to transportation on with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh erstwhile they question to sojourn Baby Jesus this year: their COVID-19 wellness pass.

Craftsmen on San Gregorio Armeno thoroughfare successful the humanities centre of Naples, Italy, are celebrated for utilizing creation to accommodate their nativity scenes to the times they are surviving in.

"Last twelvemonth was the twelvemonth of the masks, truthful the figurines of Mary, Joseph and the Three Wise Men were wearing masks ... This twelvemonth it seemed similar the close happening to support pursuing this direction," said craftsman Marco Ferrigno.

The Green Pass, which shows idiosyncratic has received astatine slightest 1 vaccine dose, tested antagonistic oregon precocious recovered from the virus, is simply a request successful Italy for question connected overmuch inter-city transport and to entree a scope of taste and leisure venues.

"Because the Three Wise Men person to instrumentality a agelong travel to the crib, I gave them each their ain Green Pass truthful that they person the due documents for travelling," said Ferrigno.

The Neapolitan nativity scenes developed into an creation signifier successful the Baroque period. Many Italian families person a country connected show successful their homes astatine Christmas time.

Reaction among tourists to the Wise Men being fixed passes - implicit with QR codification - successful bid to beryllium capable to travel the prima without problems, was mostly positive.

"We each person the Green Pass. Why shouldn't the Three Wise Men? They are coming from truthful acold distant and crossing truthful galore countries ... It's a bully connection for the people. We should each person the Green Pass," said tourer Massimiliano Giangrossi.

Reporting by Ciro De Luca; penning by Emily Roe and Angelo Amante; Editing by Mike Collett-White

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