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Christmas marked around the world

Across the world, billions of Christians have been marking Christmas, the traditional birthday of Jesus Christ.

Bethlehem

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Image caption An Armenian priest prays during Mass in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, accepted by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ
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Image caption Worshippers light candles inside the 1,600-year-old church
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Image caption Nigerian pilgrims pray inside inside the Grotto, where Christians believe Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus

Vatican City

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Image caption Close to 10,000 people attended the service in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
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Image caption Pope Francis said Christmas was the time to "once more discover who we are"

Beijing

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Image caption A cross-bearer prepares to enter Beijing's Catholic Church for Mass
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Image caption The US and British embassies in China had issued a warning about a terror threat in Beijing
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Image caption Young Chinese worshippers attend the Christmas Eve Mass in China's capital

Iraq

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Image caption Hundreds attended Mass at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Deliverance/Salvation in central Baghdad
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Image caption Christians in Iraq have faced persecution by the so-called Islamic State

Indonesia

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Image caption Thousands of people held candles at a service in the city of Surabaya
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Image caption Indonesia was one of the first countries to mark Christmas Day

Australia

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Image caption Tourists participate in traditional Christmas Day celebrations at Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bangladesh

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Image caption A Bangladeshi Father Christmas entertained children in the capital Dhaka

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