Catholics Protest Ban of Nativity Scene on Rehoboth Beach Property

St. Edmond Catholic Church wants to nativity scene returned to the area next to the Rehoboth Bandstand

More than 150 people are praying that a Delaware city reverses course on a ban that prohibits the display of a Nativity scene on city property.

NBC-affiliate WRDE reports the mostly Catholic protesters gathered Thursday outside City Hall in Rehoboth Beach to ask officials to allow the display. They were joined by the Rev. William Cocco of St. Edmond Catholic Church, who asked city commissioners to let the creche return to its "proper place," the Rehoboth Bandstand.

The group that gathered recited a list of prayers. "One of which includes the birth of Jesus Christ," Cocco told WRDE.

The city ordered church officials to remove the display last December, saying it hadn't been given permission to install the display in the first place. The city later announced plans to create an all-inclusive display for 2019. It's unclear what progress, if any, has been made on that display.

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