Europe

  • Pope Francis makes a blessing as he delivers his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Dec. 25, 2013
  • U.S. troops from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force prepare gifts during Christmas celebrations in Kabul, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Kenyan Christians and nuns offer prayers at Holy Family Cathedral during Christmas Mass in Nairobi, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Scott Relf and his girlfriend Lauren Harris laugh as they stand in the rain on Bondi Beach to celebrate Christmas Day in Sydney, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Children line up to receive a Christmas gift from volunteers in Tacloban, Philippines, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is welcomed by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk to a Christmas Day morning service at the church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, eastern England, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Iraqi police officers guard the entrance of St. Joseph's Chaldean Church before a Christmas mass in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Members of a local kayak club dressed as Santa Claus prepare to take their kayaks into Zhujiang River in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • A man wearing a Santa hat prepares to cut a 61 meter long cake as boys dressed in Santa Claus costumes cheer during Christmas celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, Dec. 25, 2013.
  • Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian Orthodox Christians pray at the Saint Afram Syrian Orthodox Church during the midnight Christmas Mass in Amman, Dec. 24, 2013.

Christmas Around the World

Published December 25, 2013


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