Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christians Celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

Christian worshipers light candles inside the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 24 Dec 2008

It is a festive Christmas Eve in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Palestinian boy and girl scouts marched through Manger Square in Bethlehem, kicking off Christmas Eve celebrations.
They marched past the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, with Palestinian flags waving overhead. Religious celebrations began with the arrival of the Latin Patriarch, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land.
Monks and priests in white robes held a solemn procession into the church, as thousands of Palestinians and pilgrims from around the world looked on.Preston Moore came from the midwestern U.S. state of Illinois.
"It is a great experience, wonderful. Feel jubilation, peace, a new hope for a new year," he said.
By Robert Berger Bethlehem
24 December 2008

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