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Jordanian Christians pour water over themselves at the baptismal area on the eastern bank of the Jordan River (PA)

The eastern side of the River Jordan has been declared a World Heritage site

Children dressed as angels react as they attend Christmas Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing (CNS)

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Pope Francis visits the traditional site of Jesus's baptism in Jordan in May 2014 (CNS)

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Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

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Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds souvenir of Holy Family as boy looks on at a Lebanese church (CNS)

Cardinal Bechara Rai tells UNESCO that Christians are ‘irreplaceable peacemakers’ and, without them, ‘Islam will fall into the hands of fundamentalists’

Pope Benedict gives his blessing at today's general audience (AP)

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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture (CNS/Catholic Press Photo)

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during yesterday's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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