(CNN) — Jesus, Mary and Joseph don’t normally appear alongside astronauts or Darth Vader-like figures, but the Vatican has upset some Catholics by bringing them together in its latest nativity scene.
Pope Francis inaugurated the scene, which features a number of life-sized ceramic figures, on Friday, but many people have expressed their disapproval of its unusual appearance.
The futuristic figures have been criticized.
“The Catholic Church has an incredible tradition of beauty, and yet, after a year of difficulty, we’ve put up something that makes people mock Jesus,” added Lev.
Each year the Vatican puts up a different nativity scene in St Peter’s Square. It’s usually a major draw for tourists.
“But, to receive these gifts of grace, it is necessary to feel small, poor and humble like the figures in the Nativity.”
The nativity scene has drawn criticism from many Catholics.
Grzegorz Galazka/Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images
But not everyone was disappointed with this year’s scene.
Tommy Tighe, author of “The Catholic Hipster Handbook,” praised the display on Twitter.
And Lino Rulli, host of “The Catholic Guy Show” on radio, was even more effusive.
However, it is not the first year the Vatican has opted for an unconventional scene.
In 2018, the nativity was sculpted from more than 700 tons of sand to create the 16-meter wide and 5-meter tall nativity sculpture, which covered 25 square meters.