When Italy became the first European nation to officially celebrate the birth of Christ in December of 2012, it set off a series of events.
Many were aimed at raising awareness about the true meaning of Christmas, and to offer support for the Church and its mission.
The first such event took place in Italy’s capital city of Rome, where a group of young and enthusiastic Christians met up with other members of the community to create a village soup.
The next, in the capital city itself, was held in the town of St. Peter’s, a village where the local Catholic priest gave a sermon on the significance of Christmas and how the local community was affected by the crisis.
The third, in a remote village outside the city, was the culmination of a year of community meetings in the remote area of Santa Cruz, in an area of the mountains where there were only a few remaining churches.
“The church in the mountains is not in any way related to the church in Santa Cruz,” said Father Marcelo Sartore, the local priest.
“It’s just a place where people come to have a conversation and talk about the meaning of life.”
For a church that prides itself on being “the village church” in its home town, the village soup has become something of a hit, drawing a large number of people to the town, according to the parishioners.
Many of the people who come to the soup are in their late teens and early 20s, and many of them have no idea what Christmas is or what they are celebrating, said Pastor Gianfranco Di Giorgio, the parish priest.
It has also brought in new life in a community that has been struggling with the recession and poverty for years.
The village, which had to lay off many staff members and cut services because of the economic crisis, is now thriving.
Di Gori said the village is a good place to eat, to have social events and to have fun.
“[The soup] is a great way to bring people together.
And people can do whatever they want,” he said.
But some are concerned about the way the soup is being presented.
When asked what he thinks the biggest problem is, Di Goro said: “The way the community has been told it’s about celebrating Christmas and about giving back to the community, but there’s no mention of how much we’re doing for the people in the community.
The people in this community have a very hard time finding the time to go to church.”
Some have been hesitant to give up their traditional ways of celebrating Christmas, which include wearing hats, holding a candlelit vigil and even bringing out their families.
They’re also concerned about what they think the soup will do to the environment.
On Sunday, as the people gather to celebrate, a new sign will be installed in front of the village hall to warn people about the soup’s contents.
It says the soup, which is made with 100% organic, organic flour, is made without animal products and that it comes from “natural sources,” including milk, milk products, eggs, grass and soil.
As the people celebrate the soup with their families, they are asked to wash their hands in the water before sharing it with the others.
But some say they are not comfortable with the idea of washing their hands with soup, and one woman in the crowd was filmed walking off in tears.
Some residents, including the head of the local village council, have also expressed concern that the soup may encourage people to skip church services, and they say the community needs to be more vocal about what the soup means to them.
According to Di Gorio, the soup has a message of peace and the message is clear: don’t give up.
“People have been asking me why we are doing this.
It’s a good thing, because if we don’t do it, we will have no one left to pray to,” Di Gio said.