Beth­le­hem’s Christ­mas tree lights up

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

Thou­sands of peo­ple yes­ter­day at­tended the light­ing of the gi­ant Christ­mas tree out­side the Church of the Na­tiv­ity in the tra­di­tional birth­place of Je­sus.

Pales­tinian Prime Min­is­ter Rami Ham­dal­lah and Fa­ther Francesco Pat­ton, a top of­fi­cial with the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, were present at the cer­e­mony in the bi­b­li­cal city of Beth­le­hem in the oc­cu­pied West Bank.

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