Pope’s Easter appeals for peace include special prayers for Syria, Gaza
In his Easter appeal for peace throughout the world, Pope Francis made special mention of the ongoing “carnage” in Syria and the recent violence along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, violence the pope said had not spared “the defenseless.”
Before giving his formal Easter blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) on 1st April, the pope prayed Easter would bring “fruits of reconciliation,” hope, dialogue, peace, consolation, new life and wisdom to the world’s trouble spots and to troubling situations, like the current migration and refugee crisis.
After 15 Palestinians were killed on 30th March 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 also prayed for Yemen and the entire Middle East, “so that dialogue and mutual respect may prevail over division and violence.”
Picture: A Palestinian protester reacts during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, on 2nd April. In his Easter appeal for peace throughout the world, Pope Francis made special mention of the ongoing “carnage” in Syria and the recent violence along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. (CNS photo/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, Reuters).Tags: Easter, Gaza, Israel, Pope, Pope Francis, Syria