Pope Francis Easter call for peace in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria, Libya, Kenya, Yemen, Sudan and Congo

April 5, 2015 4:53 pm

Peace is needed and important for growth and development of any country. As a result, has called for peace “above all” in and
during his traditional Easter Sunday message.
He urged the international community to address the
“immense humanitarian tragedy” in both countries.
The also called for peace in the Holy Land, ,
, , , 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.”
He also said his thoughts and prayers were with the young
people killed in last Thursday’s massacre at Garissa University
College in Kenya.
Referring to the outline agreement on Iran’s nuclear
programme recently reached in the Swiss city of Lausanne,
he expressed hope that it might be “a definitive step toward a
more secure and fraternal world”.
The Pope concluded his address by saying: “We ask for peace
and freedom for the many men and women subject to old and
new forms of enslavement on the part of criminal individuals
and groups.
“Peace and liberty for the victims of drug dealers, who are
often allied with the powers who ought to defend peace and
harmony in the human family. And we ask peace for this
world subjected to arms dealers.”
Two days ago, during a Good Friday service in Rome, the
Pope condemned what he termed the “complicit silence” about
the killing of Christians.
The service came a day after almost 150 people were killed in
the attack on the Kenyan university by Islamist militants who
are said to have singled out Christians as their victims.

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