Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Christmas night holy mass at St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ. Papal bodyguards overpowered a woman who rushed at Pope Benedict XVI, yanking him to the ground Thursday as he entered St Peter's Basilica to celebrate Christmas Eve mass.
A girl dressed in a Santa Claus costume attends Christmas Eve celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land called Friday on the faithful to pray for peace in this troubled region at midnight mass in Bethlehem, Jesus's traditional birthplace.
U.S. soldiers attend a Christmas mass at Al Faw Palace in the U.S. Camp Victory in Baghdad, December 24, 2009.
A Catholic nun makes the sign of the cross in front a priest holding an effigy of "baby Jesus" during Christmas eve mass in Gaza's Der Latin church December 24, 2009. Less than 100 Gazans gathered in the church to take part in the celebrations.