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Orthodox Christians around the world have been celebrating Christmas – among them Serbian President Boris Tadic.

At a monestary in Kosovo, he issued a message of peace. He also reiterated Belgrade’s staunch refusal to recognise Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

In Serbia, branches were burned on bonfires as part of the Christmas tradition. The religious holiday is observed on January 7 by churches that follow the Julian calendar.

The number of Orthodox Christians worldwide is thought to be around 300 million, with huge followings in central and eastern Europe. It is the second largest Christian Church after Roman Catholicism.