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In Pictures: Christmas Celebrations Around the World

Pope Francis offeres a Christmas Day wish for peace to a world scarred by wars and the threat of terrorism.
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A girl prays at Saint Mary's Garrison Church in Jammu, India, Dec. 25, 2016. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare.
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A girl prays at Saint Mary's Garrison Church in Jammu, India, Dec. 25, 2016. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare.

Latin clergies pray as they walk to the Grotto at the end of the Christmas Midnight Mass at Saint Catherine's Church where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the adjacent Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 25, 2016.
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Latin clergies pray as they walk to the Grotto at the end of the Christmas Midnight Mass at Saint Catherine's Church where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the adjacent Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 25, 2016.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, center, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, holds a statue of Baby Jesus in Saint Catherine's Church at the end of the Christmas Midnight Mass and walks in procession to the 'Grotto', where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the adjacent Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 25, 2016.
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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, center, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, holds a statue of Baby Jesus in Saint Catherine's Church at the end of the Christmas Midnight Mass and walks in procession to the 'Grotto', where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the adjacent Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 25, 2016.

Visitors wait to get inside the cave, where Virgin Mary is believed to have given birth to Jesus, on Christmas, inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Dec. 25, 2016.
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Visitors wait to get inside the cave, where Virgin Mary is believed to have given birth to Jesus, on Christmas, inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Dec. 25, 2016.

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