In an apparent effort to make a statement on gun violence, St. Susanna’s Parish in Dedham, Massachusetts, inserted a listing of deadly U.S. mass shootings in its Christmas nativity.
What are the details?
According to a Tuesday report by Boston’s WFXT-TV, 14 U.S. sites of mass shootings are listed on the nativity, which went up over the weekend.
WFXT reported that a banner placed above the nativity scene reads: “If only you knew the things that make for peace.”
St. Susanna’s Father Stephen Josoma told KTRK-TV that he hopes the reminder of those killed in mass shooting paired with a display of Jesus will persuade people to call for gun control.
Josoma explained to WFTX that he hopes the list will spark conversation to effect change: “There’s cities, nursing homes, coffee shops, military installations, churches, theaters. This is not the picture of Christmas peace we want to have in people’s minds for years to come. It can’t be this forever, it just has to change.”
A church nativity display that includes a list of mass shootings has people talking at one local parish. At 6 – powerful the message the pastor is hoping to get across @boston25 pic.twitter.com/xYdyIDnGzl
— Jessica Reyes (@jessicamreyes) December 4, 2017