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In Bethlehem, message love, brotherhood

10,000 visitors flock to town

Posted: December 25, 2013 at 4:13 a.m.

Worshippers visit the Grotto of the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve.

Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Tuesday, lending warm holiday cheer to the biblical birthplace of Jesus on a cool, clear night.

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Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday in St. Peter’s Basilica at the V... (By: GREGORIO BORGIA) (Credit: AP)

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