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Pilgrims Visit Bethlehem on Christmas Eve

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, DEC. 25, 2004 ( Several thousand pilgrims flocked to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Christmas Eve — crowds that were bigger than in the past few years.

Palestinian Leaders Allowed Into Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, DEC. 24, 2004 ( Hundreds of pilgrims and a new Palestinian leadership came to Bethlehem for Christmas as the town of Jesus’ birth celebrated the festival with hopes for peace following Yasser Arafat’s passing.

Children’s Bible Now in Turkish

ROME, DEC. 23, 2004 ( The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has published its youngster-friendly Bible, “God Speaks to His Children,” in Turkish.