Thousands of people make the annual pilgrimage to Manger Square to attend the Christian service. It is held in the wake of deadly attacks in the West Bank. Several people were killed on Christmas Eve in the ongoing violence.
Pope Francis has led Mass for thousands of Catholics in Cairo as part of his historic visit to Muslim-majority Egypt. Amidst heavy security, Francis called for tolerance following attacks by Islamic militants.
Security measures were heightened across Europe and beyond as Christians prepared to celebrate Christmas Eve in the shadow of terrorism. Germany's capital, Berlin, was particularly on edge after last week's truck attack.
Victim Micaela Garcia's naked body had been found in a field. Her funeral has re-sparked Argentina's "Not one less" movement protesting violence against women and demanding reforms to the judicial system.
"Islamic State" terrorists have claimed the twin suicide bombings that killed more than 40 people at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi moved to declare a state of emergency.
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