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Francis already in Naples crib

New pontiff statuette smiling, arms open, welcoming

Francis already in Naples crib

Naples, March 14 - A statuette of new Pope Francis has already been placed in one of the Christmas crib shops Naples is famous for. The statuette crib-maker Jenny Di Virgilio made after Francis's election Wednesday night spurred demands for replicas from Neapolitans and tourists Thursday. It depicts the smiling Argentinian pontiff with his arms wide open, welcoming people. "I made it overnight, he's wearing the same clothes as last night, it's a single piece painted in oils," Di Virgilio told journalists. She said she hoped to be able to give a copy to Francis as she did with his predecessor Benedict XVI, who abdicated last month to usher in the election of the first non-European pope in 1,300 years.

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