Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses himself during the Nativity Vigil at a main Russian Orthodox cathedral in the Siberian city of Yakutsk, January 6, 2006. Russia celebrates Christmas January 7th, two weeks later than Western Christianity. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel) :: The head of Russia's Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexy II holds candles during a Christmas Liturgy in the giant Christ the Saviour cathedral in Moscow early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006.
Orthodox worshippers light candles in the Nativity church as they celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem January 7, 2006. Israelis kept a nationwide vigil for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday after he underwent emergency surgery to staunch renewed bleeding in his brain from a massive stroke. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)