The faithful gathered at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, waiting for clergymen to emerge with the Holy Fire from the Edicule, a chamber built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after being crucified.
The presenter of BBC World Service radio program Heart and Soul referred to Jesus' national identity as a Palestinian.
Christmas festivities have begun, with hundreds of millions across the world celebrating a pared-down version of a holiday typically marked by travel and large gatherings.
Most scientists say the pathogen that has infected 5.3 million and killed more than 342,000 was passed from bats to humans via an intermediary species likely sold at a wet market in Wuhan late last year.
The April 21 Easter Sunday bombers had targeted three churches and three luxury hotels, killing at least 279 people and wounded 593 last year.
Two Muslim architects and a Christian priest are breaking the barriers of hate in Pakistan.
'Messiah' is in some ways reflective of the worst of US politics and culture, but there are some encouraging signs from the show that could turn the tide.
Messiah is not egregiously Islamophobic like 'Homeland' but if you dig deeper, the Orientalism starts to show.
Some powerful Britons in the media and politics intent on "ratcheting up the hate" but UK isn't Islamophobic, says UK’s Baroness Sayeeda Warsi at the inaugural TRT World Forum in Istanbul.
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