undreds of Palestinian Christians and pilgrims celebrated Christmas Day Mass on Friday in Jesus' traditional birthplace, their prayers joined by wishes from the Vatican for peace in this strife-torn region. Worshippers, many of them Palestinian locals, packed the Roman Catholic church built near the grotto where the traditional site of Jesus' birth is enshrined.
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Image: Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal carries the statuette of baby Jesus during Midnight Mass ceremony which marks the beginning of Christmas Day at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Dec 24, 2009.