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Pope celebrates Easter Mass in packed St. Peter’s Square

Tahmeed Taha: Pope Francis, in his Easter Sunday message called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria,” and extending to the entire Middle East, the Korean peninsula and parts of Africa affected by “hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism.” He called for a “swift end” to massacre in Syria, demanding that aid be delivered to the needy there and calling for “fitting conditions for the returned and the displaced.” The pope also urged reconciliation in Israel and hoped that mutual respect would “prevail over divisions” in Yemen and the entire Middle East.  Urging to those who are directly responsible act with wisdom and discernment to promote the good of the Korean people, Francis hoped that talks underway could bring peace to the Korean peninsula. The pope urged more steps to bring harmony to that divided nation for Ukraine. He has also hoped for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo and urging the world not to forget victims of conflict, especially children. While the main avenue leading to the Vatican, as well as smaller adjoining streets, were closed to traffic, Security precautions included bag checks and metal detector wands for everyone entering the square.

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