Each year, on the Third Sunday of Advent, children gather with their families in St. Peter's Square for "Bambinelli Sunday." The children bring with them figures of the Christ Child—the "Bambinelli"—from their family's Nativity scene, or presepe. During the noontime Angelus prayer, the pope blesses the children and the figurines they have brought.
Bambinelli Sunday tells the story of one little boy, Alessandro, and what he learns about family, faith, and love one special day.
Amy Welborn is the author of many books on spirituality, catechesis and apologetics. She has been published in The New York Times, First Things and Commonweal. She is a regular contributor to the Living Faith quarterly devotional. Her books for children include The Loyola Kids' Book of Saints, Friendship with Jesus, Be Saints! and A Child's Book of Psalms. Her most recent book is the memoir, Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope.
Ann Kissane Engelhart is a watercolor artist, illustrator and educator. She has worked with Amy Welborn to produce the children's books, Friendship with Jesus and Be Saints!, and The Dirt Maker with author Linda Krisch. Her portraits, still-life and landscape paintings are featured in galleries and private collections. She lives in New York with her husband and children.
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