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Holy fire ceremony draws thousands to shrine

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Christianity's holiest shrine was lit up with the flames of thousands of candles today as worshippers celebrated the holy fire ceremony, a key spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.

Some Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony. Credit: Reuters

The source of the holy fire is a closely guarded secret but believers say the flame appears spontaneously from his tomb on the day before Easter to show Jesus has not forgotten his followers.

The ritual dates back at least 1,200 years.

PM meets Blair in Jerusalem to discuss Middle East

David Cameron met the Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair at the British consulate in Jerusalem.

David Cameron and Tony Blair Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The two spoke for 20 minutes, discussing the peace process.

Asked whether missile attacks could knock the plan off track, Mr Blair said: "The strikes from Gaza just underline and illustrate the depth of the problem.

Read: Cameron meets Abbas and Blair in Middle East peace push

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