In muted Bethlehem midnight Mass, patriarch prays for end to pandemic

In a sombre Christmas celebration in the Biblical birthplace of Jesus, Roman Catholic spiritual leader in the Holy Land Pierbattista Pizzaballa prayed for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. The Italian-born Latin Patriarch delivered the midnight Christmas Mass in the Nativity Church in the presence of clergymen only. “We ask Him, mighty God, to defeat sickness, evil, and death and give us back happy and serene days,” he said. He also prayed to enlighten politicians and doctors seeking solutions for the common good. “Everyone feels darkened, tired, exhausted, oppressed for too long under the h…

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