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Worshippers rejoice in Jesus’ Bethlehem birthplace



Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, center, holds the Baby Jesus as he and clergy arrive to pray at the Grotto, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, early Tuesday. AP

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Pilgrims celebrate Christmas Day Mass in the ancient Bethlehem church where tradition holds Jesus was born, candles illuminating the sacred site and joyous prayer filling its halls.

Worshippers lined up Tuesday inside the fourth-century Church of the Nativity complex, waiting to see the grotto that is Jesus’ traditional birthplace.

Duncan Hardock, a 24-year-old teacher from MacLean, Virginia, says he got to see “both sides of Bethlehem” as he arrived at Manger Square after passing through the separation barrier Israel built to ward off West Bank attackers.

Later, Pope Benedict XVI will deliver his Christmas message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered in the piazza below. The “Urbi et Orbi” message is traditionally a review of world events and global challenges.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.ostoya.5 Fred Flintsone

    sound familiar?
     Jer 10:2 “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens,  though the nations are terrified by them.3 For the practices of the peoples are worthless; theycut a tree out of the forest,and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,their idols cannot speak;they must be carried because they cannot walk.Do not fear them;they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”



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