Pope appeals for peace in Easter message

April 1, 2013 by  
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He bowed his head in reflection as the Gospel was sung in Latin.

Pope FrancisRome, March 31, 2013: Pope Francis appealed for peace in the world during his first Easter Sunday message since being elected.

The Pontiff delivered his address at St. Peter’s Square, which was packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans.

He bowed his head in reflection as the Gospel was sung in Latin, recounting what Christians believe is the central mystery of their faith, the resurrection of Jesus after his death by crucifixion.

A white canopy sheltered the altar on the steps.

After heavy rain battered Rome during the night, more was forecast. But Sunday saw sunny skies alternate with clouds.

The pope singled out “dear Syria”, saying: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution is found?”

The 76-year-old Pope, who has begun his tenure by emphasizing humility, said, “Christ has risen! What a joy it is for me to announce this message… I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons.”

Later in his speech, Pope Francis said: “We ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.”

The Pope then mentioned troubled regions of the world in turn.

“Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long.”

“Peace in Iraq, that every act of violence may end, and above all for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort.”

For Africa, the Pope referred to Mali, Nigeria – “where attacks sadly continue” – the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

“Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation grow,” he added.

Pope Francis concluded by saying: “Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this 21st Century.”

– bbc/times of india

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