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Eastern Christmas gets underway in Bethlehem

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2007

      Eastern Christmas Celebration gets underway in Bethlehem, as Parades
      Arrive at the Church of the Nativity
      Date: 06 / 01 / 2007 Time: 11:45

      Bethlehem - Ma'an -

      Christian sects who follow the eastern calendar have, on Saturday,
      began celebrating Christmas in rainy weather, which is providing
      much-needed relief for the scorched earth of Palestine's farmland.

      In the morning, the patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox church in
      Palestine and Jordan, Marseorios Malky Murad, arrived at the Church
      of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Following him was the parade of Dr
      Abraham, the patriarch of the Qubti sect in Jerusalem. Both
      patriarchs were accompanied by knights and scouts, who marched
      between the crowds on both sides on the road to the churchyard.

      The parades were received by the mayors of the cities of Bethlehem,
      Beit Jala and Beit Sahour, Dr Victor Batarsa, Raji Zeidan and Hani
      Al-Hayik, in addition to the governor of Bethlehem, Salah
      Al-Ta'amari, the director of the police department and other clergy
      and civic dignitaries.

      More patriarchs are expected to arrive to the church of the Nativity
      as representatives of eastern Christian churches.

      On this occasion, Ma'an news agency sends best festive wishes to all
      those celebrating Christmas, hoping next year will witness more
      happiness and stability in the Palestinian territories.


      President Abbas Arrives in Bethlehem to Participate in Midnight Mass

      BETHELEHM, January 6, 2007 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas arrived
      in the West Bank city of Bethlehem to participate in Midnight Mass,
      at the Church of the Nativity, for Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas.

      As he arrived there, President Abbas performed al-Eshaa prayers at
      Omar Ebn al Khatab Mosque, opposite to the Church of the Nativity.

      President Abbas told reporters after he went out of the Mosque that
      the there is no Presidential Degree that endorses the legality of the
      "Executive Force of the Interior Ministry" as an independent force.
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