Mike Pence’s Holy Land visit in disarray after Jerusalem recognition

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Tour was intended to draw attention to plight of Christians in Middle East, but many are now refusing to meet him

The lights are already illuminated on Bethlehem’s huge Christmas tree in Manger Square.

Nearby, at the narrow entrance to the Church of the Nativity, holiday pilgrims queue daily for their chance to descend into the cramped subterranean shrine said to be the birthplace of Jesus.

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