Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas. Pope Benedict called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and their neighbors during his Christmas Eve mass.
Pope Benedict delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) speech from the central loggia of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, December 25, 2012.
Vatican Swiss guards march in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, December 25, 2012.
Burmese Christians gather outside the St. Anthony's Catholic Church Rangoon, Burma, December 25, 2012.
Civilians in Santa Claus hats and service members with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force wait to be served Christmas dinner at the U.S.-led coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 25, 2012.