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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A more than 40-year-old Christmas-time tradition at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ has come to an end.

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A refugee tent replaced the live animal nativity scene at Fourth and Race in Old City.

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Pastor Michael Caine told CBS3 the church is doing something different by highlighting today’s refugee and immigration issues.

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Last year the church came under fire when “Stormy the Cow” escaped from the nativity.

The church was criticized for using animals for entertainment purposes.

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The nativity features a donation box to benefit asylum seekers and information on how to contact lawmakers on the issues.