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President Abbas attends Greek Orthodox Christmas Mass in Bethlehem

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    http://www.imemc.org/article/52225 President Abbas attends Greek Orthodox Christmas Mass in Bethlehem author Monday January 07, 2008 02:22author by Ghassan
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      President Abbas attends Greek Orthodox Christmas Mass in Bethlehem
      author Monday January 07, 2008 02:22author by Ghassan Bannoura -

      Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended the midnight
      Orthodox Christmas Mass at the Church of Nativity in the southern
      West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday.

      The city of Bethlehem marked the beginning of the celebrations for
      the Orthodox Christmas on Sunday morning.

      Local Palestinians and international visitors flocked since early
      morning hours on Sunday.

      Boy scouts bands from several parts of the West Bank played drums and
      Scottish bagpipes as they marched through the city.

      In the early morning the, Patriarch of the Assyrian Orthodox Church
      was the first religious figure to arrive in Bethlehem, he was then
      followed by the Patriarch of the Coptic Church.

      At midday, the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, Theofilos III,
      arrived at the Manger Square in Bethlehem city centre, where he was
      greeted by Bethlehem Governor Salah Al-Ta'mari, Mayor of Bethlehem
      Victor Batarseh, and the Palestinian Minister of Tourism, Khouloud
      Daibes, in addition to members of the Palestinian Legislative Council
      (PLC) from the city.

      At around 11: 45 on Sunday evening President Abbas arrived at the
      church where he was welcomed by Theofilos III Governor Salah
      Al-Ta'mari, Mayor of Bethlehem Victor Batarseh, and the Palestinian
      Minister of Tourism, Khouloud Daibes.

      The president along with the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church,
      Theofilos III interred the cave were Jesus Christ is believed to be
      born and they held short prayers then they moved up to the main
      Church and continued the Mass.

      Hundreds of local Palestinian Christians and internationals were at
      the church for the Mass.

      Christmas is celebrated by Orthodox Christians throughout the world
      on the January 7th following the Gregorian calendar - 13 days after
      other Christians.
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