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Traditional Christmas celebrations get under way in Jerusalem

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Traditional Christmas celebrations began in Jerusalem on Friday, with the Christmas procession setting out for Bethlehem at noon. For the second year in a row, the celebrations are taking place under coronavirus restrictions. In order to contain the spread of the Omicron variant, Israel closed the borders to foreigners at the beginning of the month. Therefore, Christmas celebrations are taking place without tourists or pilgrims. The convoy of cars carrying the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, began its journey in Jerusalem. The procession was scheduled to arrive at Manger…

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