The newly elected Argentine Pope Francis, announced today on his first Easter message, the “Urbi et Orbi“, from the Basilica of St. Peter before 250,000 people, the resurrection of Christ and condemned the “conflict” in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The most significant call was made to the two Koreas, after North Korea declared a “state of war” against South Korea on last Saturday, a menacing nuclear danger that promises death and human devastation.
“Let us pray to the risen Jesus to transform death into life, hatred into love, revenge into forgiveness, war into peace,” the Pope prayed.
Pope Francis also called for “a political solution” to Syria, where “refugees are waiting for help and comfort.” “So much blood shed! And how much pain must be caused before they manage to find a political solution to the crisis? ,” he lamented.
On the matter of Latin America, the Pope denounced “the violence associated with drug trafficking and unjust exploitation of natural resources” as well as the “trafficking of people, the biggest slavery issue of the XXI century, “he said.
He also called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, “to resume negotiations with determination and availability, in order to end a conflict that has lasted too long.”
Also he called to “permanently stop all violence in Iraq” and condemned the conflicts in Mali and Nigeria, “where many people, including children, are being held hostage by terrorist groups.”
Finally he called for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, “where many are forced to leave their homes and are still living in fear.“