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Catholics and Protestants around the world celebrate Christmas
09:51, 25 December 2016
Catholics and Protestants around the world celebrate Christmas

Pope Francis held a traditional Christmas mass in Vatican

09:51, 25 December 2016

Deutsche Welle

Millions of people on all continents celebrate Christmas today according to the Gregorian calendar. These are Catholics, Protestants and representatives of other Christian denominations.

Pope Francis held a solemn Mass on Saturday night, December 24, in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican. Thousands of believers gathered in front of him in the cathedral and at the square.

The Pope spoke of refugees and children who are in the conflict zone. He urged to take children who were born during the war, poverty and flight. Children, "which are in underground bunkers escaping the bombing, on the road of the city, at the bottom of a crowded migrant boats."

In Germany, Christmas comes amid heightened security measures. Berlin police has established concrete barriers around the Fair, where on December 19 truck rammed a crowd of visitors. Meanwhile, residents of the city on the eve of the holiday continued to bring flowers to the site of the tragedy, and to light candles in memory of the victims.

Thousands of pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem. It was the place, according to the Gospel, where Jesus Christ was born.

Associated Press

On the night of December 25, Christmas is celebrated in Ukraine according to the Gregorian style.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Western Rite and wished Merry Christmas.

Poroshenko also wished everyone peace, family warmth, and happy holidays.

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