Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III arrives in Bethlehem for the Christmas Eve celebrations. WAFA photo by Ahmad Mizher.
BETHLEHEM, January 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Patriarchs of the various Orthodox churches in Jerusalem led processions to Bethlehem on Friday for the Midnight Mass at the Church of Nativity.
While the Catholics celebrate Christmas on December 25, the Orthodox churches celebrate it on January 7.
President Mahmoud Abbas has also arrived in Bethlehem on Friday to attend the midnight mass with the various Orthodox Christian communities.