Christmas celebrated around the world
We begin our newscast with a story that will put you in the mood for one of the most widely recognized holidays across the globe.
Park Hee-jun provides a peak at how Christmas is celebrated not just in Korea but in several other parts of our world. Christmas in Korea is more vibrant than ever.
Myeongdong, in central Seoul, is one of the busiest places during the Christmas holidays,... with large crowds gathering at Myeongdong Cathedral, the seat of the Korean Catholic Church, to attend mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung delivered a message of love and emphasized that all life must be respected and protected.
"I ask all of you not to forget that the foundation for a happy society is the honoring of life."
Throughout Christmas Day,... churches across Korea held religious services where people sung hymns and prayed for their loved ones.
Also on Christmas Eve, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City,... defended immigrants during his midnight Christmas Eve mass, saying that they must be embraced.
"We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own present day. We see the tracks of millions of people who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their loved ones."
Pope Francis will also deliver his twice-yearly blessing and message from the central balcony of the basilica overlooking St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day.
In Israel, Christmas looks rather different from previous years.
Thousands of people attended the 35th annual Christmas parade in Nazareth on Saturday.