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Christian pilgrims visit Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity ahead of Christmas celebrations
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
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Christian worshipers light candles at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Christian worshipers light candles at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Christian priest and worshipers attend a Sunday mass at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Christian priests and worshipers attend a Sunday mass at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Christian worshipers visit the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Christian worshipers visit the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Christian worshipers light candles at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 22, 2013 two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Employees clean the Grotto, believed to be the place where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, inside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem, on December 22, 2013, two days ahead of Christmas celebrations.

(MENAHEM KAHANA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A monk walks in the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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A Christian woman prays at the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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A Christian child lights candles at the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man cleans the lamps at the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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Christian pilgrims stand in line at the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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Christian pilgrims stand at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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A Muslim woman watches as a Christian woman prays at the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man creates a painting of the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2013 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas pilgrims travel to the church where a gold star embedded in the floor marks the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born.

(Lior Mizrahi - Getty Images)
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