1. A general view of Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, is seen on Christmas eve in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

1. A general view of Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, is seen on Christmas eve in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

2. A Christian worshipper prays inside the Grotto at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace.

3. A Christian worshiper walks out of the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus

4. Musicians perform on stage in Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

5. Christian boys from Nigeria walk outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus.

6. A member of the clergy holds a cross as he waits for the arrival of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal outside the Church.

7. Christian worshippers from Nigeria pray in the Grotto of the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians the birthplace of Jesus.

8. A Catholic pilgrim prays at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West.

9. A Catholic pilgrim looks at lit candles outside of the Grotto at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians.

10. Nigerian pilgrims visit the Church of Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus’ birthplace, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

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