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Christian pilgrims baptized in Jordan River in northern Israel

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Christian pilgrims take part in a mass baptism ceremony at the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel on Tuesday. According to the gospels Jesus Christ was baptized in the water of the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

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US pilgrims in the Jordan River during a Baptism ceremony at the popular Baptism site at Yardenit, before the Jordan River exits into the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, on Tuesday. The site is a popular destination for Christians and Baptists who visit Israel and retrace the footsteps of Jesus Christ in the holy land.

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Christian pilgrims take part in a mass baptism ceremony at the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel on Tuesday.

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