Christmas celebrated in Chicago, around the world

An annual Midnight Mass was held at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago this morning.

Francis Cardinal George celebrated the Christmas service with hundreds of Catholics. This is Cardinal George’s 17th year as the main celebrant.

Later today he will celebrate with a Mass at the Cook County jail.  He’ll also visit children at Lurie Children’s hospital.

Elsewhere in the world, Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message to the world this morning.

Tens of thousands of people from all over the world flocked to Vatican City to hear the message.

The Pope spoke from the balcony overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.  He preached a message of peace, calling for an end to war and conflicts around the world.  He also prayed for the people surviving the growing violence in Syria.

Christians also celebrated in the biblical birthplace of Jesus.

A Christmas Eve mass was held at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

It was a ticketed event, but those who didn’t get in were treated to services outside.

It was the highest turnout in years.

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