A Catholic Bishop has been forced to apologies to outraged parents after telling a group of children that Santa Claus does not exist.
The Roman Catholic diocese of Noto in Sicily insisted that Bishop Antonio Stagliano did not mean to dash the dreams of youngsters two weeks before Christmas.
Communications director, the Rev Alessandro Paolino, posted on the Italian diocese’s social media said Mr Stagliano was trying to underline the true meaning of Christmas and the story of St Nicholas, a bishop who gave gifts to the poor and was persecuted by a Roman emperor.
Italian news reports quoted Mr Stagliano as saying during a recent religious festival that Santa did not exist and that his red costume was created by Coca-Cola for publicity.
‘First of all, on behalf of the bishop, I express my sorrow for this declaration which has created disappointment in the little ones, and want to specify that Monsignor Stagliano’s intentions were quite different,’ Mr Paolino wrote on the diocesan Facebook page.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, William Cole