In the traditional message Urbi et orbi – To the City and the World, sent after the Holy Mass on the occasion of Easter, Pope Francis called and prayed for peace in the world, Anatolia reports.
The Pope called on humanity to advance on the path of peace and brotherhood to overcome conflicts and divisions, and said he was happy to see countries opening their doors to immigrants fleeing war and poverty.
“On that path, however, there are still many stumbling blocks, which make our path arduous and tiring. We pray to God: Help us open our hearts. These are all wars, fratricidal divisions, enmity and violence that bleed the world,” he said. papa.
Referring to the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis prayed for help for “the beloved Ukrainian people on the road to peace.”
“Comfort the wounded and those who lost their loved ones in the war and let the prisoners of war return healthy to their families. Open the hearts of the entire international community to work to end this war and all the conflicts that cause bloodshed in the world, starting with Syria, which is still peace awaits,” the pope said.
In his Easter message, the Pope also referred to the earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on February 6.
“We pray for those who have lost family members and friends and are left without a home: may they receive comfort from God and help from the people,” the pope said.
The Pope expressed concern about the attacks in recent days that “threaten the desired atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, much needed for the continuation of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, so that peace reigns in the Holy City and the entire region.”
The Pope made an equally strong appeal for Lebanon, which is still seeking stability and unity, so that divisions can be overcome and all citizens work together for the common good of the country.
The Pope then also mentioned Africa, especially Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the desire to strengthen the peace and reconciliation processes undertaken in those countries and to end the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He prayed for Rohingya refugees and other exiles, political prisoners and migrants, especially the most vulnerable, as well as all those who suffer from hunger, poverty and the harmful effects of drug trafficking, human trafficking and all forms of slavery.
“Let the common good of the citizens always and only be pursued, it guarantees security and the necessary conditions for dialogue and peaceful coexistence,” said Pope Francis at the end.
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