Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem arrives in Bethlehem

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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal arrives in Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. Angela Moore reports.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem arrives in Bethlehem

On Christmas Eve, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal arrived in Bethlehem.

Thousands of worshipers greeted the Catholic leader as he arrived in Manger Square.

Twal is to lead Christmas Eve mass and Christmas Day mass at the Church of the Nativity – which was built at the spot where Jesus is believed to have been born.

This year’s Christmas celebration comes amid increased violence in the region.

SOUNDBITE: Lucy Abu Haileh, saying (Arabic):

“The atmosphere is nice, but the general situation that we are living here and in the Arab world makes the happiness incomplete. We like to see peace and love in the world. Because as Christians in Palestine forgiveness and peace is important.”

In Bethlehem, Twal delivered a message of peace and love.

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