Pope Calls For End To 'Carnage' In Syria — Easter Sunday

The pontiff also begged for peace "for the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war".

After 15 Palestinians were killed March 30 during protests along the Gaza border with Israel, Pope Francis begged God for the "fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenseless".

He kicked off his day tweeting to his 17 million Twitter followers: "Our faith is born on Easter morning: Jesus is alive!"

He hoped the "fruits of dialogue" would advance peace and harmony on the Korean peninsula, where the two sides are set to hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearisation.

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This "silent night" is the same night we, his disciples, experience today, he continued, but amid this silence comes "the greatest message that history has every heard: 'He is not here, for he has been raised'".

Pope Francis also thanked the Netherlands for the flowers that decorated the St. Peter square.

Francis also spoke of "hunger, endemic conflict and terrorism" in Africa, calling for dialogue and mutual understanding in strife-torn DR Congo and South Sudan. He said he hoped the country would "find a just, peaceful and humane way to surmount quickly the political and humanitarian crises that grip it".

Security precautions included bag checks and metal detector wands for everyone entering the square, while the main avenue leading to the Vatican, as well as smaller adjoining streets, were closed to traffic.

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Pope Francis called for brotherhood in the world Monday.

On Saturday, he celebrated a nighttime Mass in St. Peter's during which he baptized eight adults, including a formerly undocumented Nigerian migrant beggar who became a national hero when he disarmed an Italian thief wielding a cleaver.

Access to the famous square for the mass on the holiest day in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus's resurrection, was tightly controlled.

Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis, in his Urbi et Orbi message, has offered a prayer for the settlement of military conflicts in the world, including for peace in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy to the Holy See has reported.

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