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Christmas / Middle East / Pope #633085

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 24, 2000
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Bethlehem: Martin Fletcher) Hopes for peace in the Middle East featured; scenes shown of Midnight Mass in Bethlehem, where Christmas celebrations have been canceled due to the violence between Israelis and Palestinians. [Bethlehem Mayor Hanna NASSER, young Palestinian Constandi HALABY - comment.]

(No location given: Jim Maceda) Christmas Eve at the Vatican featured; scenes shown of Pope John Paul II leading services; details given of the pope's "firsts" in this year of renewal. [Pope's biographer George WEIGEL - comments on the spiritual life and on the pope's visit to the Holy Land.] [Catholic theologian Father Mike CAMPBELL - says the pope changed the course of Jewish-Christian relations.]

Fletcher, Martin;
Maceda, Jim;
Seigenthaler, John

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