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In pictures: World celebrates Christmas

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Services are being held around the world as Christians mark the birth of Christ.

Here is our selection of some of the best images so far.

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image captionAt a Christmas Eve Mass in the Vatican, Pope Francis urged more "sharing and giving", denouncing the "insatiable greed" of modern consumerism
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image captionIn Egypt, this little girl listened attentively during a church service in Cairo
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image captionCelebrations were held at this church in Fuyang, China's eastern Anhui province
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image captionIndian Christians took part in prayers at the Infant Jesus Church in Bangalore
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image captionThis woman prayed during a Christmas service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Pakistani city of Lahore
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image captionPeople queued at this church in Bangkok to touch the baby Jesus doll in its Nativity scene
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image captionThese altar boys played a key role during celebrations in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo
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image captionA young boy, part of a group of thousands of migrants travelling from Central America to the US, celebrated at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico
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image captionA Mass on Christmas Eve was held at a stadium in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city
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image captionMembers of a Berlin swimming club took their traditional Christmas bath at the city's Orankesee lake
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image captionMeanwhile, this couple kissed by a Christmas tree in Istanbul, Turkey
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image captionFamilies at Sydney's Bondi Beach celebrated in the middle of the southern hemisphere's summer
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image captionA Christian community attended a Mass at Santa Maria Church in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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image captionIn France, so-called "yellow vests" protesters held a service at a roundabout in the northern town of Somain

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