In Christmas message, Benedict XVI says Syrian violence must end and Israel-Palestine peace talks should resume.
Thousands of Christian Palestinians and tourists have celebrated Christmas mass in Bethlehem, the town that is considered the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
The ceremony, held in the 1,500-year-old Church of the Nativity, was attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, used the traditional Midnight Mass to welcome in Christmas and urge peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from Bethlehem.