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In photos: Pope Francis holds open-air mass in Bethlehem

May 25, 2014 4:03 P.M. (Updated: June 11, 2015 12:59 P.M.)
Pope Francis is greeted by crowds in Bethlehem's Manger Square.(MaanImages/Charlie Hoyle)
By: Charlie Hoyle

Over 9,000 Palestinians and foreign pilgrims gathered in Bethlehem's Manger Square on Sunday to attend an open air mass held by Pope Francis.

Thousands of people waved flags from Argentina, Colombia, Poland, Angola, and Mexico, among others, as crowds sang hymns while awaiting the Pope's arrival.

A large Palestinian and Vatican flag hung side-by-side over Bethlehem's municipality building, as Palestinians from Gaza, Nazareth, Ramla, Haifa and across the occupied West Bank traveled to Bethlehem to see the pope.

Earlier, Francis disembarked from his motorcade en-route to Manger Square and prayed by Israel's separation wall, which surrounds the city on its northern side.

Palestinian Christians from Gaza hold up banners welcoming Pope Francis.(Charlie Hoyle)
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