Christians celebrate Christmas around the world
Dec 25, Christians around the world have begun marking Christmas with services, with Pope Francis holding midnight mass at the Vatican.
In the holy city of Bethlehem, the West Bank town where it is believed that Jesus was born, events have been overshadowed by recent violence between Palestinians and Israelis, news reports said.
"There's lights, there's carols, but there's an underlying sense of tension," one pilgrim to Bethlehem, Briton Paul Haines, told Associated Press news agency.
The Oslo Times