- Title: Christians in Bethlehem attend Christmas morning mass
- Date: 25th December 2019
- Summary: PIZZABALLA STARTING THE MASS
- Embargoed: 8th January 2020 10:59
- Keywords: Bethlehem Chritmas Nativity Church West Bank choir morning mass
- Location: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- City: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA002BBH2NGN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Christian worshippers attended Christmas Day morning mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday (December 25).
Acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa led the service in the town revered by Christians as Jesus' place of birth. The church pews were packed with worshippers attending the ceremony, which included a choir singing hymns.
Christmas festivities in Bethlehem attract pilgrims from around the world and the town is enjoying its busiest tourist year in two decades, with foreign pilgrims coming in large numbers, taking advantage of a relative lull in Israeli-Palestinian tension.
(Production: Mohammed Abu Ghaneyeh, Nuha Sharaf)
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