#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 20 – Pope Francis has delivered a passionate plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message since being elected.
Francis used his “Urbi et Orbi” address to call for peace in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and across the globe.
He singled out “dear Syria”, saying: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution is found?”
Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and pilgrims have attended church across the world.
In Iraq, Catholics flocked to churches amid tight security. Some 200 worshippers celebrated Mass at St Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad
In South Africa, many congregations included ailing former President Nelson Mandela in their prayers
In a message for Easter.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the “incredible role” played by Christian churches and organisations in Britain and around the globe.
Vatican – BBC – News Services Worldwide