People celebrated Christmas in Bethlehem amidst environment free from Israel’s fear

Devout Christians from all over the world have come together Christmas in Manger Square of Bethlehem (ancient town on West Bank where Christ was born). The Christmas celebrations were quite relaxed and fun-filled this year after United Nations gave the status of independent nation to Palestine and saved them the anxious moments of worrying about Israeli occupation, the way they were last year.


People celebrated right until the Midnight Mass at St. Catherine’s Church that is built right beside the Nativity Church of 4th Century over the grotto which according to the tradition is the place where Christ was born.

The top Roman cleric in Palestine, Fouad Twal (Latin Patriarch) said during his annual speech, “From this holy place, I invite politicians and men of good will to work with determination for peace and reconciliation that encompasses Palestine and Israel in the midst of all the suffering in the Middle East,” He also said, “Please continue to fight for a just cause to achieve peace and security for the people of the Holy Land.”


Source: TIME, Inquirer


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