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This is Christmas – Palestinian Christian prays

A Palestinian Christian prays in the Church of Nativity on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, West Bank. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) See CHRISTMAS-PALESTINIANS Dec. 26, 2014.

A Palestinian Christian prays in the Church of Nativity on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, West Bank.

CNS photo/Debbie Hill

This is Christmas – Great Tidings of Joy!

FIREWORKS LIGHT UP SKY NEAR GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE IN PHILIPPINES

Fireworks light up the night sky near a giant Christmas tree along a bay walk in Palawan, Philippines, Dec. 1, 2011. The Philippines, a mainly Roman Catholic country, is known for its rich pageantry around the Advent and Christmas season.

CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

This is Christmas – Christmas with Jesus is Happiness!

CHILDREN TOUCH WINGS OF MAN DRESSED AS ANGEL IN MEXICO

Children touch the wings of a man dressed as an angel as he holds a sign reading “Christmas with Jesus is happiness” in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Dec. 13, 2011. Members of the Christian church Psalm 100 regularly dress as angels holding signs with religious messages for people to read.

CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters

This is Christmas – Illuminating St. Mary’s Cathedral in Australia

CATHEDRAL ILLUMINATED FOR CHRISTMAS IN SYDNEY

St. Mary’s Cathedral is illuminated by a 246-foot projected Lights of Christmas display Dec. 13, 2012 in Sydney.

CNS photo/Tim Wimborne, Reuters

This is Christmas – Christmas at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

NATIONAL SHRINE ILLUMINATED ON FOGGY CHRISTMAS EVE IN WASHINGTON

A foggy Christmas Eve at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

CNS photo/Daniel Soñé

This is Christmas – Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Bishop walks near coffins of some victims of 2012 Christmas bombing at Catholic church in Nigeria
Bishop Martin Igwemezie Uzoukwu of Minna, Nigeria, walks near the coffins of some of the victims of a 2012 Christmas bombing at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, during a funeral for the victims.

CNS photo/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters

This is Christmas – Lighting a Candle at the Church of the Nativity

PALESTINIAN CATHOLIC LIGHTS CANDLE INSIDE CHURCH OF NATIVITY ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Palestinian Catholic Samar Basir, 26, lights a candle while holding his niece, Salina, at the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Dec. 24, 2009.

CNS photo/Debbie Hill

This is Christmas – Angels in Sarajevo

CHILDREN DRESSED AS ANGELS ARRIVE FOR RE-ENACTMENT OF NATIVITY SCENE IN SARAJEVO IN 2011

Children dressed as angels arrive to re-enact a Nativity scene during Christmas celebrations in 2011 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

CNS photo/Dado Ruvic, Reuters

This is Christmas – Blessed Are Those Who Hunger

NUN CHATS WITH REFUGEES AT CAMP IN INDIA DURING CHRISTMAS LUNCH

A Missionary of Charity nun chats with refugee children at Christmas lunch at the refugee camp at G Udaigiri, India.

CNS photo/Anto Akkara

This is Christmas – Where Angels Tread

CHILDREN DRESSED AS ANGELS TAKE PART IN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL IN NICARAGUA

Children dressed as angels take part in a Christmas festival in the streets of Managua, Nicaragua, Dec. 21, 2008.

CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters