Photo: Pope Benedict on Easter Sunday
Pope Benedict celebrated Easter Mass today in St. Peter’s Square with thousands of religious pilgrims and tourists, giving a message of hope while calling for diplomacy and peace in the Middle East.
His Easter prayers were focused on the problems of North Africa especially Libya and the Middle East. However he did also pray for recovery in Japan and peace in the Ivory Coast.
At the end of mass he delivered what is commonly known as the ‘Ubi et Orbi” or his Easter papal address from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica.
“In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue replace arms, and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid,” he said.
In speaking about the conflicts in the world today he emphasized the importance of respecting all life especially those of refugees asking the world to accept them and open their hearts to their plight.
He also spoke specifically to the ‘dangerous resurgence of crimes linked to drug trafficking’ in Latin American countries and the Caribbean. He prayed that “Easter will signal the victory of peaceful coexistence and respect for the common good.”
In it estimated that 100,000 people heard the Pope’s Easter message live and millions others via satellite, television and the internet. The 84-year-old Pontiff spoke in more than 60 different languages.