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Christmas Across The Globe In Pictures!


From Australia to the Americas, services and events have been taking place to mark one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. Here are some of the best images from around the world.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Exiled former president of Bolivia Evo Morales talks to a girl during a Christmas breakfast with members of the Bolivian community of Buenos Aires at Campo De Deportes del Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires on 25 December 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The exiled former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has a Christmas breakfast with members of the Bolivian community of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Catholic children dressed up as angels

Sri Lankan Catholic children dressed up as angels at St Anthony’s Church. On Easter Sunday, the church was the first of three to be targeted by suicide bombers – 54 people were killed here, and more than 300 across the country.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A worshiper lights a candle at St. Joseph"s Cathedral Catholic Church in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 24 December 2019

A worshipper lights a candle at St Joseph’s Cathedral. The UAE has a vibrant Catholic community, with Filipinos making up more than 5% of the population.

Hanoi, Vietnam

A woman takes a selfie outside . Joseph"s cathedral in Hanoi on December 24, 2019.

A woman takes a selfie outside the 19th Century St Joseph’s Cathedral in Vietnam’s capital.

Paris, France

midnight mass for Christmas at the Saint Germain l"Auxerrois church in Paris, France, 25 December 2019

Bishop Philippe Marsset leads a midnight Mass at the Saint Germain l’Auxerrois church. For the first time in more than 200 years, Christmas Mass was not held in Notre-Dame cathedral after the devastating fire there in April.

Peshawar, Pakistan

Christian devotees attend Christmas Day prayers at St. Johns Cathedral Church in Peshawar

Worshippers attend prayers at Peshawar’s St Johns Cathedral Church. Christians make up about 1.6% of Pakistan’s population and, like other religious minorities in Muslim-majority Pakistan, have been the target of escalating attacks in recent years.

Mombasa, Kenya

Christmas eve vigil mass in the Fort Jesus area of Nairobi, Kenya, December 25, 2019

Mass is held at midnight in the Fort Jesus area.

Khartoum, Sudan

Christians attend a Christmas Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral Church in Khartoum

Christmas Mass is celebrated at the St Matthew’s Cathedral Church in the Sudanese capital.

Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

Christmas midnight mass in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem in the West Bank, 25 December 2019

Midnight Mass takes place in the West Bank town where the Bible says Jesus was born.

Vatican City

Pope Francis leads a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica

In his seventh Christmas Mass, Pope Francis said God loved “even the worst of us”, a message likely to be interpreted as a reference to Church scandals.

Aleppo, Syria

Worshippers attend Christmas Morning mass at a Syriac Orthodox Church in Syria"s northern city of Aleppo

Christmas morning Mass is held at a Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo in war-torn Syria. The country’s Christian community is one of the oldest in the world, going back two millennia. The vast majority belong to Eastern denominations – the Greek Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church.

Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas Mass at St. George Anglican church in Baghdad

In Iraq, Christians attend a Christmas Mass at the St George Anglican Church as anti-government protests, which started in October, continue. One estimate says the Christian community in the country has fallen from about 1.5 million in 2003 to just 250,000 as many have fled.

Sydney, Australia

A mural depicting Scott Morrison wearing an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt

Just in time for Christmas, a mural appeared in Sydney criticising Prime Minister Scott Morrison for taking a Hawaiian holiday as the country suffered extreme bushfires.

Berlin, Germany

Members of the Berliner Seehunde (Berlin seals) swimming club take their traditional Christmas bath at the Orankesee lake

In the German capital, members of the Berlin Seals swimming club took their traditional Christmas dip in the Orankesee lake.

Barcelona, Spain

Participants in a Santa Claus costume jump into the water during the 110th edition of the "Copa Nadal" (Christmas Cup)

Christmas revellers also took to the water in Barcelona for the 110th edition of the “Copa Nadal” (Christmas Cup) swimming competition – where hundreds gather at the city’s old harbour to race 200m.