Christmas around the World

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) speech from the central loggia of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 25, 2011. Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in his Christmas message.
Christmas around the World

A man holds a candle during the traditional Christmas mass at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in downtown Sofia in Bulgaria.
Christmas around the World

People dressed as Santa Claus take part at a running race in downtown Belgrade, Serbia.
Christmas around the World

Christian worshippers light candles following Christmas Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Dec. 25,2011. Hundreds of Christian faithful celebrated Christmas Mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace on Christmas Day, spirits high despite the gloomy weather.
Christmas around the World

Athletes dressed as Santa Claus jump in the Mediterranean Sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the northern Spanish port of Barcelona.
Christmas around the World

Bishop Shlemon Warduni arrives to lead Christmas mass at the Virgin Mary Chaldean Christian church in Baghdad.
Christmas around the World

A father carries his son with a Santa Claus mask while watching the illuminated Sacred Heart's Cathedral on Christmas Day, in New Delhi, India.
Christmas around the World

A Christmas tree stands on Bondi Beach as Australians enjoy their summer in Sydney, Australia.
Christmas around the World

A solider with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) photographs his colleagues with a NATO- service member dressed in a Christmas themed costume at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Christmas around the World

Filipino Irineo Ayon Sr. sells balloons at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines on Christmas day Sunday Dec. 25, 2011.
Christmas around the World

An Indian woman offers prayer at the Infant Jesus Shrine on Christmas Day in Bangalore, India.
Christmas around the World

Indians light candles and pray at the Sacred Heart's Cathedral on Christmas Day, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
Christmas around the World

A Pakistani Christian woman holds a depiction of Jesus Christ while she attends Christmas Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
Christmas around the World

Kate Middleton, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers and a card from a girl after she and other members of the royal family attended the Christmas Service at St Mary's church in the grounds of The Sandringham Estate, the Queen's Norfolk retreat, in northeast England, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
Christmas around the World

A water skiing Santa Claus skis down the chilly waters of the Potomac River at Washington, DC's, National Harbor, December 24, 2011, as part of the 24th annual Christmas Eve event. The free show is put on by local water skiers.
Christmas around the World

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