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Pope Francis calls for peace and understanding in troubled places in Easter message

Posted: Sunday, April 9, 2023. 5:25 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In his Easter message to the world, Pope Francis appealed for peace and understanding in a number of troubled places, including Ukraine, the Middle East, Lebanon, Myanmar, and Nicaragua. Speaking to a crowd of approximately 100,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope called for dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, who have recently experienced an uptick in tensions after Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Regarding Ukraine, the Pope appeared to call on Russians to seek the truth about their country’s invasion of Ukraine, asking God to “help the beloved Ukrainian people on their journey towards peace, and shed the light of Easter upon the people of Russia.” The Pope has previously used strong language to describe Russia’s actions in Ukraine, referring to Ukraine and its people as “martyred” and describing Russia’s actions as aggression and atrocities.

In his Easter message, the Pope also expressed concern over instability in Lebanon, the plight of the “martyred Rohingya people” of Myanmar, and the need for more aid for the victims of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. He also called on God to “remember all who are prevented from freely and publicly professing their faith,” in a section of the address where he mentioned Nicaragua, where relations between the government and the Catholic Church are deeply strained. The government in Nicaragua has suspended diplomatic relations with the Vatican and banned outdoor Holy Week processions this year.

The Pope’s Easter message comes at a time of global uncertainty and unrest, with conflict and violence continuing in many parts of the world. His message calls for peace, understanding, and compassion in troubled places and appears to be a call to action for leaders and individuals alike to work towards these goals.

 

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