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In pictures: Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox worshippers in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Most of the Christian world has just finished celebrating Christmas but for many Orthodox Christians like these in Bethlehem the feast has just begun.

Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, leads prayers in Cairo

Pope Shenouda III, ailing head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, led prayers at Cairo's Cathedral of St Mark.

Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana attend a service in Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral

Dmitry Medvedev, expected to succeed Vladimir Putin as Russian president this year, attended a Christmas service with his wife Svetlana in Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral.

Vladimir Putin visits "Grandfather Frost" in Veliky Ustyug, northern Russia

Mr Putin visited Veliky Ustyug, northern Russia, home to a theme park dedicated to Grandfather Frost, a version of Father Christmas. Here they leaf through a "Book of Good Deeds".

Churches in Veliky Ustyug, northern Russia

The temperature in Veliky Ustyug dipped to -22C on Christmas Eve.

People attend a service in Trinity Cathedral, Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgians, fresh from a presidential election after months of turmoil, were also attending Christmas services.

A woman prays in Gracanica Monastery, Kosovo

This Serbian Orthodox believer was praying in the ancient monastery of Gracanica, outside Pristina, Kosovo.

Swedish peacekeepers guard Gracanica Monastery, Kosovo, on the Orthodox Christmas Eve

Swedish peacekeeping troops were out in force to guard the church in Gracanica, at a time of new tension in majority-Muslim Kosovo.

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