Pilgrims pack Bethlehem for rainy but peaceful Christmas
Catholic World News - December 26, 2011
A throng of Christian pilgrims estimated at 100,000 gathered in Bethlehem’s Manger Square to celebrate Christmas.
The crowd was the largest seen in Bethlehem for Christmas in the past decade. Pilgrims were encouraged by the relatively quiet atmosphere in the Holy Land after years of violent conflict. The traditional procession into Bethlehem, and the midnight Mass in the Nativity basilica, were marred only by rain.
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