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Christmas cheer at Jesus’ traditional birthplace of Bethlehem

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 25, 2018 12:19

Christmas cheer at Jesus’ traditional birthplace of Bethlehem

Visitors from all over the world made a Christmas Eve pilgrimage to Bethlehem filing past a 16-metre Christmas tree in Manger Square, the town revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

Performances took place next to the Church of the Nativity where Christian faithful believe Jesus was born.The Palestinian town in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is enjoying its busiest Christmas in years, with hotels nearly fully booked and the security situation relatively calm.

The acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, led an annual procession from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and will later celebrate Midnight Mass in the Church of the Nativity, originally built in the 4th century.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 25, 2018 12:19

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