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 ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
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 PressLink
The faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear Pope Francis' Christmas Day message.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franco Origlia / Getty ImagesLink
In Sofia, Bulgaria, people light candles during a Christmas service in the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
A Christmas service in Malaia, Romania, about 250 kilometers northwest of Bucharest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT GHEMENT / EPALink
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 ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
In Ambohibary, Madagsacar, Father Christmas takes a stroll.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER JOE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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 PressLink
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 ImagesLink
In Amman, Jordan, an Iraqi Orthodox Christian refugee attends a morning Christmas service at St. Afram Syrian Orthodox Church.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammad Hannon / Associated PressLink
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 / EPALink
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 / EPALink
More galleries on Frameworkreturn to gallery
Thursday's Pictures in the News begins in the Southland, where Kings winger Justin Williams gives his stick to a little girl after scoring the winning goal against the New York... View Post»
In Tuesday's Pictures in the News: Border collie Simon dives for a tennis ball during the Pooch Plunge in Salina, Kan.; President Obama boards Air Force One for a two-day... View Post»
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in the Horn of Africa, where a drought has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates. Wednesday is the final practice... View Post»