Thousands celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem
Bethlehem – People have gathered in the Church of the Nativity, the biblical birthplace of Jesus Christ. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also attended a service on Christmas Eve. In Vatican City, the head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis has marked the birth of Jesus Christ. The pope said that the true meaning of Christmas is being drowned by materialism. He also urged people to feel compassion for children especially victims of war, migration and homelessness in his Christmas Eve mass.