Tue. Jan 22nd, 2019

In pictures: World celebrates Christmas

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Services are being held around the world as Christians mark the birth of Christ.

Here is our selection of some of the best images so far.

Pope Francis kneels down to pray during a Christmas Eve mass to mark the birth of Jesus Christ at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican AFP/
At a Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican, Pope Francis urged more “sharing and giving”, denouncing the “insatiable greed” of modern consumerism
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A girl attends a Christmas Eve mass in Cairo, Egypt EPA
In Egypt, this little girl listened attentively during a church service in Cairo
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A couple kiss during a Christmas Eve ceremony at St Antuan Church in Istanbul, Turkey EPA
Meanwhile, this couple kissed by a Christmas tree in Istanbul, Turkey
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In Taiwan, people pose for pictures with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis in the Catholic Holy Family Church in Taipei EPA
A cardboard cutout of Pope Francis turned up at this church in Taipei, Taiwan
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An altar boys holds a cross before a mass at the Notre Dame de Kinshasa cathedral in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters
These altar boys played a key role during celebrations in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo
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A migrant, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, celebrates Christmas, at a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico Reuters
A young boy, part of a group of thousands of migrants travelling from Central America to the US, celebrates at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico
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A priest prepares for a Christmas Eve mass for "yellow vests" protesters near a roundabout in Somain, northern France AFP/
In France, so-called “yellow vests” protesters held a service at a roundabout in the northern town of Somain
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A woman prays at the Xishiku Catholic Church in Beijing, China EPA
This woman prayed in silence at a church in Beijing, China
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A Christian expatriate community attends a mass at Santa Maria Church in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Reuters
A Christian community attended a mass at Santa Maria Church in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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In pictures: World celebrates Christmas

The best images from around the world as Christians mark the birth of Christ.

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