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Catholic Christmas

Published: December 25, 2013 | 7:52 am
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The Catholic world is today celebrating the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. Various events have taken place across the globe to celebrate Christmas. A traditional mass has taken place in Bethlehem, where tens of thousands of people assembled, including celebrities. The mass was celebrated by the Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal.
“The Christmas message is that of peace, love and brotherhood. We must be brothers to each other,” Pope Francis I told the faithful on St. Peter’s Square in Rome. In his address, the pope said that each Christian faces the choice between light and darkness, between love and hate.
Later, more that 300 ecclesiastical figures celebrated the Christmas mass at the basilica. The ceremony was attended by up to 10 000 people in the church, and by hundreds of thousands outside.
A traditional dinner for the socially vulnerable was organised in Berlin. The annual Christmas event has taken place for the nineteenth time. Traditional German dishes were cooked for up to 3000 people.
Even though the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas in January, the festive spirit was still present across the Orthodox world. Thus, a Christmas market was held at the Kremlin in Moscow, where a multitude of sweets was on sale.
An ice figure exhibition took place in Brussels. Ice figures of up to 30 cinematic film characters will be displayed in the giant fridge until February.
Christmas was also celebrated in Thailand. However, since neither snow nor reindeers can be found there, people dressed as Father Christmas could be seen riding around on top of elephants.

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