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Pope Francis Easter announces world peace, asking for victims of “cruel violence” in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis issues a cordial appeal for peace in his Easter message to Rome and the world ("Urbi et Orbi"), which he delivered after receiving the tragic news of the murder of nearly 200 people and the hurt of at least 400 more in explosions in three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, which he visited in 2015. Talking about the many dead and wounded in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country of 21 million people, where Christians account for almost 8 percent of the population and where the Catholic Church has over 1.3 million members, said Francis: "I have learned with grief over the news of the grave attacks that, today, Easter Day has caused grief and suffering in some churches and other resting places in Sri Lanka. I want to manifest my loving closeness to the Christian community there, beat as they gathered in prayer, and to the victims of such cruel violence. skt and I pray for the injured who suffer because of this dramatic event. "He then stopped for a moment in silent prayer. walls ". In his message to the world, Pope Francis urged the resurrected Jesus to" stop the bridle of war, both in conflict areas and in our cities, and inspire the leaders of nations to work for an end to the weapons and the alarming spread of arms, especially in the more economically advanced countries. 1 9659002] Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica…

Pope Francis issues a cordial appeal for peace in his Easter message to Rome and the world (“Urbi et Orbi”), which he delivered after receiving the tragic news of the murder of nearly 200 people and the hurt of at least 400 more in explosions in three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, which he visited in 2015.

Talking about the many dead and wounded in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country of 21 million people, where Christians account for almost 8 percent of the population and where the Catholic Church has over 1.3 million members, said Francis: “I have learned with grief over the news of the grave attacks that, today, Easter Day has caused grief and suffering in some churches and other resting places in Sri Lanka. I want to manifest my loving closeness to the Christian community there, beat as they gathered in prayer, and to the victims of such cruel violence. skt and I pray for the injured who suffer because of this dramatic event. “He then stopped for a moment in silent prayer. walls “.

In his message to the world, Pope Francis urged the resurrected Jesus to” stop the bridle of war, both in conflict areas and in our cities, and inspire the leaders of nations to work for an end to the weapons and the alarming spread of arms, especially in the more economically advanced countries. 1

9659002] Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica of TV, radio and social with Ia, to a global audience estimated at about 2 billion, Pope Francis began to proclaim “Christianity Christians”, “Jesus is risen” from the dead. 1965 9002] Because of his latest apostolic call, directed against young people, Francis repeated that message and said: “Christ lives! He is our hope “and said,” He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you. But far you can walk, he is always there, the resurrected. ”

He reminded people everywhere that since Jesus was resurrected from the dead, Easter is the beginning of the new world, liberated from the slavery and death of sin: the world finally opens the kingdom of God, a kingdom of love, peace and brotherhood.” Francis that “acknowledges that today’s world is being rocked by a great deal of violence, conflict, poverty and natural disaster” Christ lives and he stays with us … he does not abandon anyone experiencing difficulties, pain and sorrow. “

Then Pope Francis spoke of the dramatic conflict situations in 18 countries worldwide (including Sri Lanka), seven of them in the Middle East, another seven in Africa, two in America and one in Europe.

He told his global audience that “Easter makes us keep our eyes fixed in the Middle East, shattered by continued divisions and tensions” and he prayed that the Christians in this region – which is a small minority in most countries “can patiently endure in their witness to the resurrected Lord and to the victory of life over death. “

He began to focus on the Middle East by paying attention to Syria whose” beloved people “have been” victims of an ongoing conflict “since 2011, a conflict that” risks becoming more dismissed and even indifferent. “He insisted that” now instead it is time for a renewed commitment to a political solution that can respond to people’s legitimate hopes of freedom, peace and justice, confront the humanitarian crisis and support the homeless secure re-entry, along with anyone who has moved to neighboring countries, especially Lebanon and Syria. “

He spoke of the dramatic situation of” the people of Yemen “and” especially the children, exhausted by hunger and war. “He had spoken strongly about this in early February when he decided on the United Arab Emirates and spoke with leaders there about it.

He also prayed that at this Easter time, the resurrected Jesus could enlighten “all the leaders of the government and people of the Middle East, beginning with Israelis and Palestinians, and urging them to alleviate such great suffering and persecute a future for peace and stability. “

He told his global audience that” Easter makes us keep our eyes fixed in the Middle East, disintegrated by continuing divisions and tensions “

He asked for an end to the” conflict and bloodshed “in Libya “where defenseless people die again in recent weeks and many families have been forced to abandon their homes.” He appealed to all interested parties “to choose dialogue over violence and to avoid resurgence of a decade of conflict and political instability. “

After turning to the African continent that he will visit again in September, Pope Francis asked that the living Chris t” can give his peace to the entire African continent, still with social tensions, conflicts and sometimes violent forms of extremism that lead to uncertainty, destruction and death in their way, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon. “

He also prayed for peace in Sudan, whose authoritarian president was recently deposited and” experiencing a moment of political uncertainty. “He urged that” all voices be heard “in this new political situation” and that everyone will work for the country to be able to find the freedom, development and well-being that it has long sought. “

He prayed specifically for South Sudan, whose political leader’s feet had kissed in a peace application, during their recent retreat in the Vatican, urging the resurrected Jesus to” accompany the civil and religious authorities in the efforts of Southern Sudan, sustained by the fruits of the spiritual retreat that was held several days ago in the Vatican “and prayed that” a new side can open in the history of the country where all political, social and religious components actively engage in the pursuit of the nation’s common good and reconciliation. “

Since turning to Europe, the Pope asked that the resurrected Christ” can give comfort to the people of the eastern regions of Ukraine, suffering from the continuing conflict. “He asked for” humanitarian aids and those aimed at achieving a lasting peace “.

Pope Francis then turned to two major crisis situations in Latin America, which first addressed his home continent. He drew attention to the dramatic situation of Venezuela,” of all who lack the minimum conditions to lead a dignified and secure life because of a crisis that is getting worse and worse. “He prayed that the resurrected Lord can move” all those with political responsibility “to” work to end social injustice , abuse and acts of violence and taking the concrete actions needed to heal divisions and offer the people the help they need. “

Next, he became aware of Nicaragua and asked that the resurrected Lord many” shed light on the efforts made in Nicaragua to find as soon as possible a peaceful negotiated solution for the benefit of the entire Nicaraguan people “.

He ended by praying that Christ “who opened the doors of the tomb” on this Easter time “open our hearts to the disadvantaged, vulnerable, poor, unemployed, marginalized and all who knock on the door to seek bread, refuge and the recognition of their dignity . “

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