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A Christian woman says a prayer while she waits to see the crucifixion site of Jesus.

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An Orthodox priest splashes water from the Jordan River onto a group of Orthodox Christians near the Qasr al Yahud crossing in the West Bank.

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A Catholic priest of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City burns incense to bless the space before a mass processional.

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A group of young Jews from the U.S. who are studying Hebrew and Judaism in Jerusalem for a year, celebrate Shabbat together with songs, prayers, food and drink. Shabbat is the Jewish name for Sabbath and is observed each week from Friday at 6 p.m. to Saturday at 6 p.m. It is taken from the ‘seventh day’ in the Torah where God rested after creating the earth. To the outsider, it might appear conservative and Orthodox Jews take this time to the extreme. Observing Shabbat might include halting any type of work—driving, cooking and cleaning. At 6 p.m., all work stops, even if they are in the middle of doing something. In traditional homes, meals are prepared in advance of Shabbat so nothing needs to be done during the day and clean up is done once it is over.

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A woman lights candles outside the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem as she waits to enter. The tomb is next to Calvary, or Golgatha, and in close proximity to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is built around what is believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified and the tomb (sepulchre) where He was buried.

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Portrait of a woman at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is built around what is believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is an important pilgrimage destination and thousands visit every day.

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Orthodox Christians worship as the morning sunlight and smoke from incense used during worship fills one of the Orthodox churches in Old City Damascus during a Sunday service. Old City Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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Portrait of a woman praying in an Orthodox Church in Old City Damascus during a Sunday service. Old Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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Orthodox Christians worship as the morning sunlight and smoke from incense used during worship fills one of the Orthodox churches in Old City Damascus during Sunday service. Old City Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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Orthodox Christians worship as the morning sunlight and smoke from incense used during worship fills one of the Orthodox churches in Old City Damascus during Sunday service. Old City Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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The sanctuary of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

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A Coptic Christian man stands in the sanctuary of the Monastery of St. Simon, commonly known as the Cave Church, in Cairo, Egypt. Coptic Christians have a mark on their hand that distinguishes them as a Copt.

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A portrait of a Coptic Christian man standing in the sanctuary of the Monastery of St. Simon, commonly known as the Cave Church, in Cairo, Egypt.

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A nun kneels in front of a small crowd to pray in front of a shrine in Bethlehem.

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Priests perform a service in Bethlehem.

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A few days before Christmas, worshipers gather in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Men and children light candles and say prayers at an altar to the Virgin Mary inside the Church of the Nativity in downtown Bethlehem.

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People gather in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for a Christmas service.

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A few days before Christmas, people light candles in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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A portrait of an Ethiopian Orthodox man in Ethiopia.

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