Pope Francis has called for peace “above all” in Syria and Iraq in his traditional Easter Sunday message. He urged the international community to address the “immense humanitarian tragedy” in both countries. BBC reports:
The Pope also called for peace in the Holy Land, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. And he once again referred to the persecution of Christians in many countries.
Addressing the faithful in a rain-drenched St Peter’s Square, the Pope said: “We ask Jesus, the victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence.
“We ask for peace, above all, for Syria and Iraq, that the roar of arms may cease and that peaceful relations may be restored among the various groups which make up those beloved countries.
“May the international community not stand by before the immense humanitarian tragedy unfolding in these countries and the drama of the numerous refugees.”