Christians around the world are marking Christmas Day, the traditional day of Jesus Christ's birth.
At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his annual Urbi et Orbi Christmas message to the world.
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where tradition has it Jesus was born, was full of worshippers for midnight Mass.
Not too far off in Gaza City, Palestinian Christians gathered for a message of peace.
In war-torn Iraq, Christians had to go through heavy security to reach the church.
Similar - even though lower-key - security checks were being carried out outside St Thomas church in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
In China, many celebrated Mass in government approved Catholic churches, such as this one in Beijing.
In the Russian capital, Moscow, there were fireworks by the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception.
In Delhi, India, worshippers lit candles outside Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Many celebrated by having a good time outdoors - including these women posing for photos on Bondi beach in Sydney.
In Berlin, members of the city's swim club were also having fun - in the icy water of Lake Oranke.