With just a few weeks to go until Christmas Pope Benedict XVI has said Christians across the world have got their ideas about the baby Jesus nativity ALL WRONG!
The head of the Catholic Church says there were no donkeys beside crib, no lowing oxen and no carols and no angels ever sang to the shepherds to proclaim Christ birth's.
The claims, in his new book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives will astonish and anger millions of Christians all over the world.
It means millions of church nativities, which will be set up on altars all over the world this weekend, with their donkeys and oxen are all theologically wrong.
St Peter's Square itself regularly has a giant scene at Christmas and has displayed an array of animals at the heart of the Vatican, but the Pontiff is certain that is wrong.
He says in the book: “In the gospels there is no mention of animals” and claims they were a Hebrew invention of the seventh century BC, as outlined in the Book of Habakkuk.
Habakkuk was the eighth book of 12 minor prophets in the Old Testament.
In Christian tradition, he is regarded by some as a prophet who predicted the nativity.
Scenes relating to the birth of Jesus, as described in the Gospel, do not directly refer to the presence of an ox and donkey.
But in Habakkuk 3:2, it is written: 'In the midst of the two beasts wilt thou be known' - and this was one of the sources which inspired the presence of the creatures at the manger.
However, the Pope concedes that despite the presence of animals being incorrect the tradition is here to stay, saying: “No nativity scene will give up its ox and donkey.”
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,' hits bookshops in 50 countries on Wednesday.