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DESTITUTE REMEMBERED IN N.Y. CITY

Homeless advocates, standing beneath Rockefeller Center's towering Christmas tree, offered a Christmas prayer Friday for the city's destitute after reminding hordes of holiday passers-by that Jesus was born without a home.

"Here in the seat of New York opulence, as shoppers are buying special presents and throwing credit cards down, we're here to remind them that people are still living in the street," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the event's organizers.

"Two thousand years ago, Mary and Joseph were looking for shelter," Sharpton said.

Sharpton, along with veteran civil rights activist Rev. Herbert Daughtry, led several dozen demonstrators in a brief silent prayer below the 100-foot Christmas tree.

"This underscores the appalling disparity between those who have and those who have not," Daughtry said.