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A different focus

By Peter Alexander, NBC News anchor

Just two days ago, millions focused their attention on Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born more than 2,000 years ago. During that evening's Midnight Mass, Pope Benedict XVI prayed "that hatred and violence will cease" between the Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, today, an unprecedented surge of violence erupted in that region, marking one of the bloodiest days in the 60-year Israeli-Palestinian conflict.