• Short Summary

    The birth of Christ nearly two thousand years sago was celebrated in his birthplace under tight security this year.

  • Description

    The birth of Christ nearly two thousand years sago was celebrated in his birthplace under tight security this year.

    Hundreds of Israeli soldiers manned vantage points throughout Bethlehem, and helicopter surveillance and security checks were the order of the day.

    A procession of pilgrims wound its way to Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity.

    The procession was led by Roman Catholic Patriarch Monsignor Giuseppe Giocomo Beltritti. This year, though, the crowds gathered in the Square were smaller than in years past.

    Townspeople said they could not remember such a subdued Christmas. They blamed he world economic crisis and the political and ministry troubles of the Middle East.

    The Patriarch conducted midnight Mass to herald in Christmas and to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Holy Year.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACLEWLEHNB2CVCXZ0M4W1PT6OE
    Media URN:
    VLVACLEWLEHNB2CVCXZ0M4W1PT6OE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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