Guest of honor for Christmas Mass in Bethlehem: Catherine Ashton
EU foreign policy chief stresses private nature of visit, but she will be seated next to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Church of the Nativity.
Thousands of tourists will descend on Bethlehem Tuesday night to attend Midnight Mass in the Church of the Nativity, the birth place of Jesus. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will be among them, set to arrive in a guarded motorcade.
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