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Pilgrims, clergy visit Bethlehem
Town of Jesus' birth draws many
W Mideast Israel Palest Heal
A Catholic pilgrim lights a candle outside of the Grotto at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead of the Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. - photo by Associated Press
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and clergy converged on Bethlehem on Friday as the town of Jesus' birth prepared to celebrate Christmas Eve. Boy Scout marching bands played in Manger Square, just outside the Church of the Nativity, which Christian tradition identifies as the site of Jesus' birth in a stable two millennia ago. Pilgrims lit candles inside, and Palestinian policemen deployed around the town to keep the peace.
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