Bethlehem pilgrims mark Christmas

Thousands of pilgrims have been celebrating Christmas with a mass in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, amid tight security.

They include about 200 Christians from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, whom Israel granted permission to make the journey to Bethlehem.

Pope Benedict XVI has been leading the traditional celebration of Midnight Mass at the Vatican.

Most of the world’s 2.1 billion Christians mark Christmas this week.

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