Christmas 2011 Around The World (PHOTOS)

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All around the world, people are gathering to celebrate Christmas.

In Bethlehem, hundreds flock to St. Catherine's church for a mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace.

Barcelona honors the holiday with its annual Traditional Christmas Swimming Cup.

Cubans celebrate with elaborate feasts and song. The country is preparing for a March visit from Pope Benedict XVI, the first from a pontiff in over a decade.

The Philippines faces a darker Christmas than most. After floods devastated the southern region, thousands are forced to spend the holiday in emergency shelters.

In New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan led midnight mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in attendance.

Check out photos from Christmas celebrations around the world:

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