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In pictures: World celebrates Christmas


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People across the world are celebrating Christmas - one of the holiest times in the Christian calendar. However, for the second year in a row, there are smaller crowds at church services and other events because of the continuing coronavirus outbreak. Here's our snapshot of global festivities.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis delivered his traditional Urbi et Orbi address from the Vatican on Saturday
 
People take pictures on a footbridge with Christmas lights decorations in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: 24 December 2021
Colourful lights and decorations made this footbridge in Taipei, Taiwan, very popular with locals and tourists
 
Christian faithful of the Legio Maria African Mission church attend a Christmas Eve vigil Mass in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: 25 December 2021
Nuns held prayers at a solemn church service in Nairobi, Kenya
 
A girl sings along with her mother, who holds a boys in her arms, during a Christmas Eve service at St Andrew's church in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo: 24 December 2021
In Pakistan, families - many with young children - attended a Christmas Eve service at St Andrew's Church in Karachi
 
People light candles before a Christmas Eve service at St Mary Draperis Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: 24 December 2021
Worshippers lit candles in Istanbul, Turkey
 
The acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa leads a Christmas midnight Mass at St Catherine's Church, in the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank Palestinian city of Bethlehem. Photo: 25 December 2021In the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, the biblical birthplace of Jesus, a midnight Mass was held in the Church of the Nativity
 
Pope Francis (right) leads a Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Photo: 24 December 2021
On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis led a Mass which was held earlier than usual because of Covid restrictions
 
Young altar servers light up their candles during a Christmas Eve mass at a church in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Photo: 24 December 2021
Young altar servers assisted during celebrations in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq
 
A child runs towards a man as he walks with a sack of gifts dressed as Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) in a slum near the centre of Iraq's southern city of Basra, 24 December 2021
A child runs towards a man dressed as Santa Claus as he walks with a sack of gifts near Iraq's southern city of Basra
 
Image caption,A giant sand sculpture of Santa Claus on the beach of Bay of Bengal in Odisha state, India. Photo: 24 December 2021
This giant sand sculpture of Santa Claus appeared on the beach at Bay of Bengal in India's eastern Odisha state
 
Aquarists dressed as Elf, Santa Claus and Mrs Claus greet the public inside a huge water tank at AquaRio in Rio de Janeiro
In Brazil, aquarists dressed as Elf, Santa Claus and Mrs Claus greeted the public inside a huge water tank at AquaRio in Rio de Janeiro
 
A rhino enjoys its Christmas treats at Orana Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: 24 December 2021
Meanwhile, a rhino enjoyed its Christmas treats at Orana Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand
 
A pub is lit up with Christmas lights decorations in London, UK. Photo: 24 December 2021
This pub in London, Great Britain, looked like a giant Christmas toy
 

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