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A Christmas Eve Mass has been held by in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Christian pilgrims from across the world came to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

In a homily, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal called on Jews, Muslims and Christians to “live together as equals”.

Referring to violence in Gaza and Jerusalem, Patriarch Fouad Twal said he hoped 2015 “would be better than this difficult year”.

Thousands of pilgrims earlier crowded into Manger Square to watch a procession led by Patriarch Fouad Twal.

The midnight Mass took place in the Church of the Nativity which marks the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born in the West Bank town.

Patriarch Fouad Twal, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, said the region had become “a land of conflict”.Christmas Eve Mass Bethlehem 2014

“I hope next year there will be no separation wall and I hope we will have bridges of peace instead,” he said, referring to the barrier Israel is building in and around the West Bank, which separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem. Israel says the barrier is necessary to prevent attacks by militants.

“Peace comes from justice and we have a cause which we hope will be solved soon,” the Patriarch added.

His sentiment was echoed by Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Maayah.

“Our message this Christmas is a message of peace like every year, but what we added this year is that all we want from Christmas is justice,” the minister said.

“Justice for our people, justice for our case and the right to live like all other people in the world in our independent state without the occupation.”

Patriarch Fouad Twal urged Christians not to forget the residents of Gaza, where up to 19,600 families displaced by the 50-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants are still in need of medium- and long-term shelter, and the people of Syria and Iraq, who are struggling to cope with a civil war and the advance of jihadist militants from Islamic State (ISIS).

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NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition of Santa’s flight tracking began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” NORAD Snta Tracker 2014

The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa® website.

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Barcelona’s professional sports teams have got together to bring you a fun-packed advent calendar for 2014.

According to FC Barcelona’s website, fans can win a Barça shirt by posting Barça themed photos on Instagram using the hashtag #NadalFCB.

The football, basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey players all appear in a special advent calendar that’s full of surprises.FC Barcelona advent calendar 2014

Each day from December 1 to 25, fans can enjoy a different video of the players getting up to all kinds of festive frolics and sending you their season’s greetings in a host of fun and imaginative ways.
The Barça squads have clearly had a blast making these different videos, with plenty of improvised humor along the way. They appear wearing their respective first team shirts, but there are plenty of Christmas decorations there too.

The first video in FCB’s countdown to December 25 features the three goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Masip.

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