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In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East

Crowds gathered for Christmas day mass marking the birth of Jesus Christ in Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria and elsewhere

In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East
Kuwaiti Christians attend Christmas mass at the National Evangelical Church in Kuwait City on December 24, 2018.
In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, heads a Christmas midnight mass at Saint Catherine's Church, in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Tuesday, December 25, 2018.
In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East
Worshippers light candles as they attend Christmas Mass at the Saint Antuan Church in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, on December 24, 2018.
In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East
Christian worshippers attend Christmas morning mass at the Mar Addai Chaldean Church in the predominantly Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh, in Niniveh province some 30 kilometres from Mosul, on December 25, 2018.
In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East
Young acolytes stand together as they attend Christmas morning mass at the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Qamishli in northeastern Syria on December 25, 2018.
In pictures: Christian worshippers attend Christmas mass across the Middle East
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a Christmas midnight mass at Saint Catherine's Church, in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Tuesday, December 25, 2018.