Christian pilgrims descend on Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations

December 24, 2014 1:30 PM

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Christian pilgrims descend on Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations

Minister in charge of Supporting Women's Empowerment Haruko Arimura arrives in kimono at the prime minister's official residence for Imperial Palace to attend the attestation ceremony, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Shinzo Abe was re-elected by Japan's parliament on Wednesday to serve another term as prime minister after winning a renewed mandate for his "Abenomics" strategies that helped revive the world's third-biggest economy. Abe appointed a former military officer, Gen Nakatani, as defense minister, but kept the other members of his previous Cabinet. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (The Associated Press)

Christian pilgrims from Nigeria pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

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