State of Palestine: Orthodox Christmas Mass held in Bethlehem

Orthodox Christians amassed at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on Tuesday, to take part in the Christmas Midnight Mass. The Mass was held by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, with other clerics also attending the event. While much of Europe changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, Orthodox communities still follow the 'Old Christmas Day' of the Julian calendar.

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