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Orthodox Christmas Around the World - 07 Jan 2011
Orthodox Christmas Around the World - 07 Jan 2011
PALESTINIANS/
RTXWAV7
January 07, 2011
Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshipers attend Christmas services at a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City...
Gaza, Palestinian Territories
Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshipers attend Christmas services at a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City...
Palestinian Greek Orthodox worshipers attend Christmas services at a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: RELIGION)
MACEDONIA/
RTXWAVK
January 07, 2011
A child receives the sacraments during a Christmas liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Macedonia's capital...
Skopje, Macedonia
A child receives the sacraments during a Christmas liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Skopje
A child receives the sacraments during a Christmas liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Macedonia's capital Skopje January 7, 2011. Macedonian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski (MACEDONIA - Tags: RELIGION)
MACEDONIA/
RTXWAVB
January 07, 2011
A priest blesses bread during a Christmas Liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Macedonia's capital Skopje...
Skopje, Macedonia
A priest blesses the bred during a Christmas Liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Skopje
A priest blesses bread during a Christmas Liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Macedonia's capital Skopje January 7, 2011. Macedonian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar . REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski (MACEDONIA - Tags: RELIGION)
SERBIA/
RTXWAOY
January 07, 2011
A priest leads the Orthodox Christmas mass at the city's main church in Belgrade January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ivan...
Belgrade, Serbia
A priest leads the Orthodox Christmas mass at the city's main church in Belgrade
A priest leads the Orthodox Christmas mass at the city's main church in Belgrade January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic (SERBIA - Tags: RELIGION)
GEORGIA/
RTXWAYG
January 07, 2011
Participants march with national flags during "Alilo", a religious procession, to celebrate the Orthodox...
Tbilisi, Georgia
Participants march with national flags during "Alilo" to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi
Participants march with national flags during "Alilo", a religious procession, to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi January 7, 2011. Georgians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: RELIGION)
GEORGIA/
RTXWAZJ
January 07, 2011
People dressed as herders take part in "Alilo", a religious procession, to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas...
Tbilisi, Georgia
People dressed as herders take part in "Alilo"to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi
People dressed as herders take part in "Alilo", a religious procession, to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi January 7, 2011. Georgians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: RELIGION ANIMALS)
BELARUS/
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January 07, 2011
Belarussian women dance as they celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in a house in the village...
POGOST, Belarus
Belarussian women dance as they celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in a house in the village...
Belarussian women dance as they celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in a house in the village of Pogost, some 250 km (155 miles) south of Minsk, January 7, 2011. Kolyada is a pagan winter holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Ukraine and some parts of Belarus. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
BELARUS/
RTXWBA0
January 07, 2011
Belarussians celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Pogost, some 250 km (155 miles)...
POGOST, Belarus
Belarussians celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Pogost
Belarussians celebrate the pagan rite called "Kolyadki" in the village of Pogost, some 250 km (155 miles) south of Minsk, January 7, 2011. Kolyada is a pagan winter holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Ukraine and some parts of Belarus. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SERBIA-CHRISTMAS/
RTXWAWT
January 07, 2011
People gather to receive a piece of traditional Christmas bread, marking the Orthodox Christmas Day festivities,...
Belgrade, Serbia
People gather to receive a piece of traditional Christmas bread in Belgrade
People gather to receive a piece of traditional Christmas bread, marking the Orthodox Christmas Day festivities, at Terazije Square in Belgrade January 7, 2011. Serbian Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SERBIA-CHRISTMAS/
RTXWAWL
January 07, 2011
People gather to receive a piece of traditional Christmas bread, marking the Orthodox Christmas Day festivities,...
Belgrade, Serbia
People gather to receive a piece of traditional Christmas bread in Belgrade
People gather to receive a piece of traditional Christmas bread, marking the Orthodox Christmas Day festivities, at Terazije Square in Belgrade January 7, 2011. Serbian Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA - Tags: SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY RELIGION)
MACEDONIA/
RTXWAV6
January 07, 2011
A woman prays during a Christmas Liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Macedonia's capital Skopje January...
Skopje, Macedonia
A woman prays during a Christmas Liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Skopje
A woman prays during a Christmas Liturgy in St. Clement Cathedral in Macedonia's capital Skopje January 7, 2011. Macedonian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar, which is two weeks behind the Gregorian calendar. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski (MACEDONIA - Tags: RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWACM
January 06, 2011
A woman lights candles during the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January...
Moscow, Russia
A woman lights candles during the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow
A woman lights candles during the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: RELIGION)
LEBANON/
RTXWA89
January 06, 2011
Father Rouis al-Orshalimi, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Lebanon and Syria, prays on bread during...
JISR AL BASHA, Lebanon
Father Rouis al-Orshalimi, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Lebanon and Syria, prays on bread during...
Father Rouis al-Orshalimi, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Lebanon and Syria, prays on bread during Christmas Eve mass at a Coptic church in Jisr al-Bacha, near Beirut, January 6, 2011. Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
GERMANY/
RTXWAE7
January 07, 2011
Members of the Coptic Orthodox church pray at the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January...
Frankfurt, Germany
Members of the Coptic Orthodox church pray at the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church
Members of the Coptic Orthodox church pray at the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January 6, 2011. Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: RELIGION)
LEBANON/
RTXWA85
January 06, 2011
Father Rouis al-Orshalimi, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Lebanon and Syria, presides prayers...
JISR AL BASHA, Lebanon
Father Rouis al-Orshalimi, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Lebanon and Syria, presides prayers...
Father Rouis al-Orshalimi, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Lebanon and Syria, presides prayers during Christmas Eve mass at a Coptic church in Jisr al-Bacha, near Beirut, January 6, 2011. Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
LEBANON/
RTXWA8L
January 06, 2011
Coptic Christians Orthodox pray during Christmas Eve mass at a Coptic church in Jisr al-Bacha, near Beirut,...
JISR AL BASHA, Lebanon
Coptic Christians Orthodox pray during Christmas Eve mass at a Coptic church in Jisr al-Bacha
Coptic Christians Orthodox pray during Christmas Eve mass at a Coptic church in Jisr al-Bacha, near Beirut, January 6, 2011. Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
GERMANY/
RTXWADY
January 06, 2011
A child receives communion from a Coptic Orthodox priest during the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's...
Frankfurt, United Kingdom
A child receives communion from a Coptic Orthodox priest during the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's...
A child receives communion from a Coptic Orthodox priest during the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January 6, 2011. Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: RELIGION)
GERMANY/
RTXWADZ
January 06, 2011
Members of the Coptic Orthodox church pray at the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January...
Frankfurt, Germany
Members of the Coptic Orthodox church pray at the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church
Members of the Coptic Orthodox church pray at the Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January 6, 2011. Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: RELIGION)
GERMANY/
RTXWA6D
January 06, 2011
A boy is pictured during the Coptic Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January 6, 2011.Coptic...
Frankfurt, Germany
A boy is pictured during the Coptic Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church
A boy is pictured during the Coptic Christmas Eve mass at Frankfurt's Coptic church, January 6, 2011.Coptic Christians around the world are on alert for possible copycat attacks ahead of their Christmas on Friday after Islamist radicals hailed a deadly church bombing in Egypt apparently inspired by al Qaeda. REUTERS/Alex Domanski (GERMANY - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
RUSSIA/
RTXWAJQ
January 07, 2011
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) crosses himself as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service...
Turginovo, Russia
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin crosses himself as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service in...
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) crosses himself as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service in the XIX century church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Turginovo village, about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Moscow January 7, 2011. Putin's parents were baptized in Turginovo village in 1911. The Russian Orthodox Church observes Christmas on January 7 as it retained the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWAK4
January 07, 2011
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service in the XIX century church...
Turginovo, Russia
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service in Turginovo village
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service in the XIX century church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Turginovo village, about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Moscow January 7, 2011. Putin's parents were baptized in Turginovo village in 1911. The Russian Orthodox Church observes Christmas on January 7 as it retained the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWAJT
January 07, 2011
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) greets a priest as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service...
Turginovo, Russia
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin greets a priest as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service in...
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) greets a priest as he attends an Orthodox Christmas service in the XIX century church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Turginovo village, about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Moscow January 7, 2011. Putin's parents were baptized in Turginovo village in 1911. The Russian Orthodox Church observes Christmas on January 7 as it retained the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWAA8
January 06, 2011
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana stand among children as they attend the Orthodox...
Moscow, Russia
Russia's President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana stand among children as they attend the Orthodox Christmas...
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana stand among children as they attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWAB3
January 06, 2011
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ...
Moscow, Russia
Russia's President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour...
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWAC0
January 06, 2011
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana stand among children as they attend the Orthodox...
Moscow, Russia
Russia's President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana stand among children as they attend the Orthodox Christmas...
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana stand among children as they attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
GEORGIA/
RTXWACD
January 07, 2011
A woman attends a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, January 6, 2011....
Tbilisi, Georgia
A woman attends a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi
A woman attends a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, January 6, 2011. Georgians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SLOVENIA/
RTXWAGT
January 07, 2011
People attend a midnight Christmas service at the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana...
Ljubljana, Slovenia
People attend a midnight Christmas service at the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana...
People attend a midnight Christmas service at the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana January 6, 2011. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA - Tags: RELIGION)
GEORGIA/
RTXWAC8
January 06, 2011
People attend a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, January 6, 2011....
Tbilisi, Georgia
People attend a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi
People attend a midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, January 6, 2011. Georgians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: RELIGION)
PALESTINIANS/
RTXW9M3
January 06, 2011
Greek Orthodox priests wait for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Greek Orthodox priests wait for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity...
Greek Orthodox priests wait for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWACI
January 06, 2011
Believers attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 6, 2011....
Moscow, Russia
Believers attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow
Believers attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: RELIGION)
PALESTINIANS/
RTXW9SG
January 06, 2011
Members of the clergy take part in the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Members of the clergy take part in the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the...
Members of the clergy take part in the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ISRAEL/
RTXW9D8
January 06, 2011
Members of the Greek Orthodox clergy leave Jerusalem on their way to the West Bank town of Bethlehem...
Jerusalem, Israel
Members of the Greek Orthodox clergy leave Jerusalem on their way to Bethlehem to celebrate the Orthodox...
Members of the Greek Orthodox clergy leave Jerusalem on their way to the West Bank town of Bethlehem to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas January 6, 2011. Some Orthodox Christians follow the old Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SERBIA-CHRISTMAS/
RTXWAAV
January 06, 2011
Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox Christmas...
Belgrade, Serbia
Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches on Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of St. Dimitri...
Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of St. Dimitri church in Belgrade January 6, 2011. Serbian Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas which falls on January 7 according to the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA - Tags: RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY)
SERBIA-CHRISTMAS/
RTXWA4P
January 06, 2011
Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox Christmas...
Belgrade, Serbia
Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox Christmas...
Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of St. Sava church in Belgrade January 6, 2011. Serbian Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas which falls on January 7 according to the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic (SERBIA - Tags: RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SERBIA-CHRISTMAS/
RTXWAB2
January 06, 2011
Boys watch as Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox...
Belgrade, Serbia
Boys watch as Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches on Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of...
Boys watch as Serbian Orthodox believers burn dried oak branches which symbolize the Yule log on Orthodox Christmas Eve in front of St. Dimitri church in Belgrade January 6, 2011. Serbian Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas which falls on January 7 according to the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
GEORGIA/
RTXWAC2
January 06, 2011
People arrive for midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, January 6, 2011....
Tbilisi, Georgia
People arrive for midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi
People arrive for midnight Christmas service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, January 6, 2011. Georgians celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: RELIGION)
PALESTINIANS/
RTXW9O4
January 06, 2011
Greek Orthodox priests wait for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Greek Orthodox priests wait for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity...
Greek Orthodox priests wait for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION)
SWITZERLAND/
RTXWA27
January 06, 2011
A girl holds a placard in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas...
MEYRIN, Switzerland
A girl holds a placard in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas...
A girl holds a placard in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas Mass at the Coptic church in Meyrin near Geneva January 6, 2011. Security is being increased around Coptic Christian Churches in Europe for the Orthodox Christmas after online terror threats. The placard reads "Let's pray for World Peace". REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
SWITZERLAND/
RTXWA1L
January 06, 2011
People light candles in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas...
MEYRIN, Switzerland
People light candles in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas...
People light candles in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas Mass at the Coptic church in Meyrin near Geneva January 6, 2011. Security is being increased around Coptic Christian Churches in Europe for the Orthodox Christmas after online terror threats. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
SWITZERLAND/
RTXWA1P
January 06, 2011
People hold placard, cross and candles in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria...
MEYRIN, Switzerland
People hold placard, cross and candles in memory of victims of January 1 bombing in Alexandria before...
People hold placard, cross and candles in memory of the victims of the January 1 bombing in Alexandria before the Christmas Mass at the Coptic church in Meyrin near Geneva January 6, 2011. Security is being increased around Coptic Christian Churches in Europe for the Orthodox Christmas after online terror threats. The placard reads an extract of a psalm "Let's pray for the victims of Nag Hamadi". REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
RUSSIA/
RTXWA5S
January 06, 2011
People attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at the Svyato-Blagoveshchensky (The Annunciation) Cathedral...
Moscow, Russia
People attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at the Svyato-Blagoveshchensky (The Annunciation) Cathedral...
People attend the Orthodox Christmas mass at the Svyato-Blagoveshchensky (The Annunciation) Cathedral in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, January 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: RELIGION)
KYRGYZSTAN/
RTXW9T9
January 06, 2011
A family lights sparklers in front of a cathedral during the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bishkek, January...
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
A family lights sparklers in front of a cathedral during the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bishkek
A family lights sparklers in front of a cathedral during the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bishkek, January 6, 2011. Some Orthodox Christians follow the old Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7. REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov (KYRGYZSTAN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
PALESTINIANS/
RTXW9SI
January 06, 2011
A scout stands near Greek Orthodox priests as they wait for the start of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
A scout stands near Greek Orthodox priests as they wait for the start of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas...
A scout stands near Greek Orthodox priests as they wait for the start of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION)
SWITZERLAND/
RTXW9V4
January 06, 2011
Coptic Orthodox priest Isidoros El-Anba-Samuel (R) and Chur's Bishop Marian Eleganti attend a ceremony...
DIETLIKON, Switzerland
Coptic Orthodox priest Isidoros El-Anba-Samuel and Chur's Bishop Eleganti attend a ceremony on Orthodox...
Coptic Orthodox priest Isidoros El-Anba-Samuel (R) and Chur's Bishop Marian Eleganti attend a ceremony on Orthodox Christmas Eve at their church in Dietlikon, January 6, 2011. Bishop Eleganti visits Zurich's Coptic community after the January 1 attack on an Orthodox Coptic church in Alexandria. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: RELIGION)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
RTXW9SL
January 06, 2011
Children wait for the start of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
Children wait for the start of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity...
Children wait for the start of the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION)
KOSOVO
RTXW9RQ
January 06, 2011
Kosovo Serbs carry oak to prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in the town of Gracanica, some 6 km...
Gracanica, Kosovo
Kosovo Serbs carry oak to prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in the town of Gracanica
Kosovo Serbs carry oak to prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in the town of Gracanica, some 6 km (4 miles) southeast of Kosovo's capital Pristina, January 6, 2011. The Orthodox faith uses the old Julian calendar in which Christmas falls 13 days after its more widespread Gregorian calendar counterpart on December 25.
REUTERS/Hazir Reka (KOSOVO - Tags: RELIGION)
PALESTINIANS/
RTXW9N5
January 06, 2011
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) visits the Church of the Nativity during Orthodox...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
European Union foreign policy chief Ashton visits the Church of the Nativity during Orthodox Christmas...
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) visits the Church of the Nativity during Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
PALESTINIANS/
RTXW9NX
January 06, 2011
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (C) greets a member of the Orthodox clergy at the...
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
European Union foreign policy chief Ashton greets a member of the Orthodox clergy at the Church of the...
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (C) greets a member of the Orthodox clergy at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem during Orthodox Christmas January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
SYRIA/
RTXW9NA
January 06, 2011
A Christian woman touches an image of Jesus Christ during a mass to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas...
Damascus, Syria
A Christian woman touches an image of Jesus Christ during a mass to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas...
A Christian woman touches an image of Jesus Christ during a mass to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas at Saint Serkis church in Damascus January 6, 2011. Some Orthodox Christians follow the old Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
SYRIA/
RTXW9N1
January 06, 2011
Christian clerics pray during a mass to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas at Saint Serkis church in Damascus...
Damascus, Syria
Christian clerics pray during a mass to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas at Saint Serkis church in Damascus...
Christian clerics pray during a mass to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas at Saint Serkis church in Damascus January 6, 2011. Some Orthodox Christians follow the old Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: RELIGION)
SERBIA/
RTXW9OK
January 06, 2011
Residents buy wheat, one of the symbols of the Yule log, in Belgrade January 6, 2011. Orthodox Christians...
Belgrade, Serbia
Residents buy wheat, one of the symbols of the Yule log, in Belgrade
Residents buy wheat, one of the symbols of the Yule log, in Belgrade January 6, 2011. Orthodox Christians in Serbia celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the Julian calendar. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic (SERBIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
ROMANIA/
RTXW9R4
January 06, 2011
Men ride their horses during the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the Romanian...
Bucharest, Romania
Men ride their horses during the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the Romanian...
Men ride their horses during the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the Romanian village of Pietrosani, 45 km (28 miles) north of Bucharest, January 6, 2011. Epiphany Day falls on January 6 every year and it celebrates the end of the Christmas season festivities in Romania. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: RELIGION ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ROMANIA/
RTXW9RM
January 06, 2011
A man rests with his horse after the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the...
Bucharest, Romania
A man rests with his horse after the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the...
A man rests with his horse after the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the Romanian village of Pietrosani, 45 km (28 miles) north of Bucharest, January 6, 2011. Epiphany Day falls on January 6 every year and it celebrates the end of the Christmas season festivities in Romania. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: RELIGION ANIMALS)
ROMANIA/
RTXW9R5
January 06, 2011
A man plays with his horse after the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the...
Bucharest, Romania
A man plays with his horse after the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the...
A man plays with his horse after the annual race organized by Orthodox believers on Epiphany Day in the Romanian village of Pietrosani, 45 km (28 miles) north of Bucharest, January 6, 2011. Epiphany Day falls on January 6 every year and it celebrates the end of the Christmas season festivities in Romania. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: RELIGION ANIMALS)
SWITZERLAND/
RTXWA23
January 06, 2011
A police car guards near the Coptic church in Meyrin near Geneva January 6, 2011. Security is being increased...
MEYRIN, Switzerland
A police car guards near the Coptic church in Meyrin near Geneva
A police car guards near the Coptic church in Meyrin near Geneva January 6, 2011. Security is being increased around Coptic Christian Churches in Europe for the Orthodox Christmas after online terror threats. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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