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In the Belarus capital Minsk, actors dressed as Joseph and Mary perform a Nativity scene re-creation in yjr Catholic Church of Saints Simon and Helena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY GAPON / AFP/Getty Images

At Cantebury Cathedral in England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers his Christmas Day sermon. This is the archbishop's first Christmas since being enthroned in the position.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images

In Berlin, members of the Berlin Seals swim association take a plunge in the Orankesee during their traditional Christmas swim. Temperatures in the German capital reached 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM BRAKEMEIER / AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

The faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear Pope Francis' Christmas Day message.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franco Origlia / Getty Images

In Sofia, Bulgaria, people light candles during a Christmas service in the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP/Getty Images

Christmas in Barcelona means a 200-meter race in the city's old harbor. A participant launches into the water during the 104th edition of the Christmas Cup, which drew about 400 participants.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSEP LAGO / AFP/Getty Images

A Christmas service in Malaia, Romania, about 250 kilometers northwest of Bucharest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT GHEMENT / EPA

In Kabul, Afghanistan, soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force gather for a special Christmas Day meal.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP/Getty Images

Worshipers attend a Christmas service at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. Every Christmas, pilgrims travel to the site where Jesus is believed to have been born.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oren Ziv / Getty Images

In Ambohibary, Madagsacar, Father Christmas takes a stroll.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER JOE / AFP/Getty Images

In Bangui, Central African Republic, children pray during a special Christmas Day service held on monastery grounds serving as a camp for the displaced. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 200,000 people remain displaced in the capital alone, more than half of them children.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press

In Surabaya, Indonesia, worshipers gather despite a warning from police that Islamic extremists may be planning to target Christmas and New Years celebrations in the capital Jakarta and other parts of the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP/Getty Images

In Amman, Jordan, an Iraqi Orthodox Christian refugee attends a morning Christmas service at St. Afram Syrian Orthodox Church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammad Hannon / Associated Press

In Bangalore, India, members of a non-governmental organization participate in a vigil protesting child abuse as part of Christmas celebrations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAGADEESH NV / EPA

People visit loved ones' graves on Christmas Day outside a Catholic church, site of a mass grave in the typhoon-devastated village of San Joaquin, Philippines.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENNIS M. SABANGAN / EPA

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Today we have a special Christmas edition of Pictures in the News with traditional and offbeat celebrations from around the globe.

Vatican City: Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis prays for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus’ birth, for Syria and Africa as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.

Belarus:  Actors portray Joseph and Mary at a Nativity re-creation in Minsk.

Madagascar: Father Christmas walks in a dusty street of Ambohibary, greeting children.

Some of the offbeat celebrations include the Berlin Seals swim association’s traditional Christmas Swim in the Orankesee. And in Barcelona, about 400 people gather for the 104th edition of the Christmas Cup 200-meter swimming race in the old harbor.

Philippines: People visit loved one’s graves outside a Catholic church, site of a mass grave in the typhoon-devastated village of San Joaquin.

Add stops in the Afghanistan, Jordan, Bethlehem, India, Romania and England to round out the report.

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