· In his message to the City and to the world Pope Francis enumerates the human tragedies affecting people across the globe and he asks for prayer that all war might cease ·
The conflict in “beloved Syria” was once again among the chief concerns Pope Francis voiced at his Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday, 20 April. The Pope asked the parties involved in the conflict to allow those who are suffering from its effects to receive needed humanitarian aid. He also implored them to put an end to the use of deadly force and boldly to negotiate peace.
The Pope did not fail to mention other areas of the world where countless people are enduring harsh suffering and human tragedy, including the peoples of the African nations of Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, who have been struck by a devastating Ebola epidemic. The Pontiff also prayed for victims of violence in Iraq, Central African Republic, Nigeria and South Sudan. He implored Venezuelans to turn their hearts to reconciliation and fraternal concord. Then, recalling that the celebration of Easter in the West this year coincides with that of Churches that follow the Julian calendar, the Bishop of Rome invited everyone to join him in prayer for the people of Ukraine. Nor did he forget to pray for the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned, for emigrants and for those who suffer the scourge of hunger.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 21, 2019
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