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Up the hill through olive groves, past herds of goat and sheep, come the worshipers on Christmas Eve to the quiet Judean town. Peasants walk to Bethlehem wearing medieval costumes, silk-hatted diplomats swirl into Manger Square in black limousines. And in entering the Church of the Nativity, all bend low to pass through the tiny door called The Needle's Eye.

Inside, Roman Catholic Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Alberto Gori carries an olive-wood Christ child, accompanied by priests and deacons with swinging censers, acolytes and choir boys with long, flickering candles. The...

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