BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Encouraged by renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Christian pilgrims from around the world converged on Jesus' traditional birthplace to celebrate Christmas - a palpable contrast to the sparse crowds of recent years.The diverse mix of people included festive American tourists, clergymen in brown flowing robes and Palestinian scouts wearing kilts and playing bagpipes.
Atmosphere Festive at Jesus' Birthplace: ; Peace Talks Prompt Christian Pilgrims to Church in Bethlehem
"I'm Catholic. I always wanted to see the beginning of Christianity, the whole history. It's something you grow up with," said Kristin Obeck...