Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas


Save Story

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Christian pilgrims from around the world have gathered in Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

On Christmas Eve, thousands of people crowded into Manger Square. Many attended Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity, where they were urged to "pray and work for peace" in the Holy Land. The Mass was attended by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The celebrations are bringing a lift to the Holy Land after a difficult year. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed last spring, and Israel battled Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip during a 50-day war over the summer.

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal led a procession from his Jerusalem headquarters into Bethlehem, passing through the Israeli separation barrier that surrounds much of the town. He said he hopes 2015 will be better than "this difficult year."

Sound:

%@AP Links

194-a-10-(Bishop preaching homily, at Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity)-"in your hearts"-A bishop at Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity urges worshippers to seek peace. (24 Dec 2014)

<<CUT *194 (12/24/14)££ 00:10 "in your hearts"

195-a-06-(Celebrant reading from the Bible's book of Titus, at Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity)-"reject godless ways"-A celebrant reads from the Bible's book of Titus at Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity. (24 Dec 2014)

<<CUT *195 (12/24/14)££ 00:06 "reject godless ways"

196-r-17-(Choir singing, at Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity)--Sound of choir singing at Christmas Eve Mass at the Church of the Nativity. (24 Dec 2014)

<<CUT *196 (12/24/14)££ 00:17

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent Religion stories

Related topics

Religion
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast