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Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

A man selling Nativity scenes made from clay and reeds waits for clients in downtown Bangui, Central African Republic. In the nation's capital riven by sectarian violence, Christmas shoppers were few this year. Those who did venture out found only a handful of vendors selling plastic toys and Christmas decorations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press

Indian children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sculpture titled "World Peace" by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik ahead of Christmas at a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, Though Hindus and Muslims comprise the majority of the population in India, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Biswaranjan Rout / Associated Press

Rime ice forms on top of Bearwallow Mountain (elevation 4,300 feet) in Henderson County, N.C. Rime ice forms when the water droplets in fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Dirks / Times-News

People brave the cold weather to do last-minute shopping on Oxford Street in central London.


People wait with their luggage by the departure boards in Waterloo Station in central London as disruption to rail services continues. A man and a woman died in separate river incidents on Monday as high winds and heavy rain lashed Britain, disrupting transport as people headed home for the Christmas holidays.


A departure board is pictured in Waterloo Station in central London indicating disruption to rail services.


The Eiffel Tower in Paris is illuminated for the holidays.


Two Lebanese women wearing Santa Claus outfits and waving their national flag water ski during a show in the bay of Jounieh, north of Beirut.


Dan Trujillo, left, and Clyde Peck get married as about 1,500 people gather to show support of marriage equality after a federal judge declined to stay his ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah, at Washington Square, just outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building in Salt Lake City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tom Smart / Deseret News

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio works to loosen a sticky connection on one of the fluid lines to the spare pump during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Two NASA astronauts stepped out on a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to complete repairs at the ISS.


Two Siberian tiger cubs compete for milk with two puppies for milk on a mother dog at Wild Animal World in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Staff at the facility feed the tigers on dog milk since the tigers' mother resisted feeding them after giving birth on Nov. 10.


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Pictures in the News | Dec. 24, 2013

In Tuesday’s Pictures in the News, we’re at the Vatican with Pope Francis as he leads the celebration of Christmas Eve Mass.

Bangui, Central African Republic: A man sells Nativity scenes made from clay and reeds.

Bhubaneswar, India: Children dressed as Santa Claus dance in front of a sand sculpture titled “World Peace” by artist Sudarshan Patnaik ahead of Christmas at a beach in Puri.

London: Holiday travelers are delayed at Waterloo Station as a result of the heavy storms hitting the island nation.

Lebanon: A pair of Lebanese women wearing Santa Claus outfits and wave their national flag as they water ski during a show in the bay of Jounieh.

Space: Astronauts work to successfully repair a fluid line outside the International Space Station.

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