28th December 2019

In_pictures In pictures: Christmas around the world

In_pictures In pictures: Christmas around the world


From Australia to the Americas, services and events have been taking place to mark one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. Here are some of the best images from around the world.

In_pictures Buenos Aires, Argentina

in_pictures Exiled former president of Bolivia Evo Morales talks to a girl during a Christmas breakfast with members of the Bolivian community of Buenos Aires at Campo De Deportes del Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires on 25 December 2019 in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaImage copyright
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The exiled former President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has a Christmas breakfast with members of the Bolivian community of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

In_pictures Colombo, Sri Lanka

in_pictures Sri Lankan Catholic children dressed up as angelsImage copyright

Sri Lankan Catholic children dressed up as angels at St Anthony’s Church. On Easter Sunday, the church was the first of three to be targeted by suicide bombers – 54 people were killed here, and more than 300 across the country.

In_pictures Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

in_pictures A worshiper lights a candle at St. JosephImage copyright

A worshipper lights a candle at St Joseph’s Cathedral. The UAE has a vibrant Catholic community, with Filipinos making up more than 5% of the population.

In_pictures Hanoi, Vietnam

in_pictures A woman takes a selfie outside . JosephImage copyright

A woman takes a selfie outside the 19th Century St Joseph’s Cathedral in Vietnam’s capital.

In_pictures Paris, France

in_pictures midnight mass for Christmas at the Saint Germain lImage copyright

Bishop Philippe Marsset leads a midnight Mass at the Saint Germain l’Auxerrois church. For the first time in more than 200 years, Christmas Mass was not held in Notre-Dame cathedral after the devastating fire there in April.

In_pictures Peshawar, Pakistan

in_pictures Christian devotees attend Christmas Day prayers at St. Johns Cathedral Church in PeshawarImage copyright

Worshippers attend prayers at Peshawar’s St Johns Cathedral Church. Christians make up about 1.6% of Pakistan’s population and, like other religious minorities in Muslim-majority Pakistan, have been the target of escalating attacks in recent years.

In_pictures Amritsar, India

in_pictures Christian devotees light candles on Christmas Day at St.Paul Church in AmritsarImage copyright

Christian devotees in Amritsar, Punjab offered their prayers in a Christmas day service at St Paul Church.

In_pictures Mombasa, Kenya

in_pictures Christmas eve vigil mass in the Fort Jesus area of Nairobi, Kenya, December 25, 2019Image copyright

Mass is held at midnight in the Fort Jesus area.

In_pictures Khartoum, Sudan

in_pictures Christians attend a Christmas Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral Church in KhartoumImage copyright

Christmas Mass is celebrated at the St Matthew’s Cathedral Church in the Sudanese capital.

In_pictures Los Angeles, California

in_pictures Inmates worship during Christmas Mass led by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez in a chapel at Men's Central JailImage copyright
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