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Merry Christmas 2020: In Pictures

People across the world thronged churches for special prayers and midnight mass and celebrated Christmas, rejoicing the birth of Jesus Christ.

December 25, 2020

Pope Francis, center, delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing inside the blessing hall of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

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Russian emergency rescue workers dressed as Ded Morozes (Santa Claus, or Father Frost) greets children as they scale the wall of a children hospital to mark the upcoming New Year celebrations, Russia. Russia, which has so far registered more than 2.9 million confirmed cases of the virus and over 52,000 deaths in the pandemic, has been swept by a rapid resurgence of the outbreak this fall, with numbers of infections and deaths significantly exceeding those reported in the spring. Usually, performers come into children's rooms, but this year because of the virus-related restrictions, the artists had to perform outside of the hospital at a significant distance.

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The Christmas tree in the lights is seen behind the St.Sofia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine. Despite of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, a lot of Ukrainians enjoy outdoor Christmas events, often ignoring protective measures.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus distributes sweets among children during Christmas celebration, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Srinagar.

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Hotel staff members click photographs with a boy dressed as Santa Claus on the occasion of Christmas, in Amritsar.

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Devotees offer prayers at St Paul's church during the Christmas celebrations, in Amritsar.

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Devotees lights candles to offer prayers on the occasion of Chirstmas, at Cathedral Church in Lucknow.

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A devotee offers prayers at St Mary's Basilica on the occasion of Christmas, in Bengaluru.

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Devotees light candles at Epiphany Church on the occasion of Christmas festival, at Civil Lines in Gurugram.

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A large number of people gather at Park Street to celebrate Christmas, amid coronavirus pandemic,in Kolkata.

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Devotees light candles at a church on the occasion of Christmas, in Jalandhar.

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Devotees seek blessings from baby Jesus during a mid-night Christmas mass at Santhome Church, in Chennai.

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People, some wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus, attend a Christmas mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Prayagraj.

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People wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus attend a Christmas mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Jammu.

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A caretaker cleans the aisle of St. John in the Wilderness church on Christmas in Dharmsala. The church which was built in 1852, is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Faithful wearing face masks and maintain social distancing as a precaution against the coronavirus attend a Christmas mass at a church in Ahmedabad.

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A woman wearing face mask carries a baby Jesus statue during a procession for a Christmas mass service at a church in Bali, Indonesia.

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People wearing Santa Claus dress and hats on the occasion of Christmas take part in a laughter yoga session, at Girgaon beach in Mumbai.

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Decoration at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the occasion of christmas in New Delhi.

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People visit Sacred Heart Cathedral for a mass prayer during Christmas Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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Devotees light candles on the occasion of Christmas at Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi.

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Devotees visit Sacred Heart Cathedral for Christmas Day celebrations in New Delhi.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus feeds gulls at River Ganga on the occasion of Christmas festival in Mirzapur.

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Pastors wearing face masks attend during an online Christmas service for social distancing and a precaution against the coronavirus at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea.

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Despite temperatures in the single digits, worshipers gather for a Christmas Eve service outside Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Archbishop holds a statue of baby Jesus during the Christmas celebrations at a church in Ajmer.

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A priest holds a statue of baby Jesus during the Christmas celebrations at a church in Mumbai.

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Christian devotees attend a Christmas eve mass at Mount Mary's church in Mumbai. Only 50 people were allowed to attend mass.

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Christian devotees attend a Christmas eve mass at Mount Mary's church in Mumbai.

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People light candles at St Paul's church on the eve of Christmas in Amritsar.

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Christian devotees attend a Christmas eve mass at Mount Mary's church in Mumbai.

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Devotees at Our Lady Of Pompei Church on the eve of Christmas in Mangaluru.

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Christian devotees attend a Christmas eve mass at Mount Mary's church in Mumbai. Only 50 people were allowed to attend mass.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at St. Paul's Cathedral church on the eve of Christmas, Kolkata.

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A group of women take selfies at a church on the eve of Christmas in Siliguri.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus shakes hands with Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on the eve of Christmas at Archbishop House in Ranchi.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren holds a statue of baby Jesus on the eve of Christmas at Archbishop House in Ranchi.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at St. Paul's Cathedral church on the eve of Christmas, Kolkata.

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Golak Nath CNI Church illuminated on the eve of Christmas, in Jalandhar.

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Christian devotees take part in a special mass prayer on Christmas eve, in Hyderabad.

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Christian devotees light candles at a church on Christmas eve, in Hyderabad.

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Devotees wearing masks amid concern over the spread of coronavirus attend a mid-night Christmas mass service at Santhome Church, in Chennai.

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Christian devotees receive communions on the occasion of Christmas, outside the Don Bosco Church, in Guwahati. Only a few people were allowed to visit the church due to coronavirus outbreak.

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Christians attend a Christmas Mass service at the Catholic Church, in Bhubaneswar.

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An army personnel dressed as Santa Claus distributes sweets among local youth during Christmas celebrations at Army Camp Larkipora in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

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A man dressed as Santa Claus gestures outside St. Paul's Cathedral church during the Christmas celebrations, in Kolkata.

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A daughter clicks a selfie with her mother at St. Paul's Cathedral church during the Christmas celebrations, in Kolkata.

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Young women click selfies with a man dressed as a clown during the Christmas celebrations, in Kolkata.

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Devotees offer prayers at St. Andrew Church on the occasion of Christmas, in Jaipur.

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Christians attend a Christmas mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan.

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