Many mariners are on the high seas at Christmas. For them and their relatives there's been a radio broadcast, "Gruss an Bord," since 1953. Wives, mothers, fathers and friends send their Christmas greetings over the seven seas.
Millions of Orthodox Christians have marked the birth of Christ with mass and prayers on Wednesday. In an unprecedented move, Egypt's President El-Sissi also briefly visited a Coptic cathedral on their Christmas Eve.
The head of the Catholic Church has issued very strong words against the Vatican's bureaucracy. At a Christmas meeting, he said members of the clergy were "amassing material goods, not out of need, but to feel safe."
Nigeria is often depicted as being split between Muslims and Christians. But in Adamawa, where a state of emergency was declared to counter an Islamist insurgency, members of both faiths celebrate Christmas together.
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