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By his resurrection, Jesus Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin and death: Pope Francis in his Easter "Urbi et Orbi"
Tens of thousands of faithful, tourists and Romans gathered at St Peter's Square on April 16 in the Vatican City as Pope Francis celebrated Easter Sunday Mass and delivered the "Urbi et Orbi" — his Easter message "to the city and to the world" — from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica.

St Peter's Square was decorated with colorful spring flowers along with the flower pots of hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, pink roses on the steps leading to the church. The security was tight around St. Peter's Square.

In his Urbi et Orbi, Pope Francis prayed that Risen Lord would walk beside those who are marginalized who are victimized by old and new forms of slavery, stated an official release.

The Holy Father also prayed the Lord would bring peace to the Middle East, come to the aid of Ukraine, shed his blessing upon the continent of Europe and build bridges of dialogue in Latin America, the release added.

Pope Francis began his Urbi et Orbi thus: "Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Today, throughout the world, the Church echoes once more the astonishing message of the first disciples: "Jesus is risen!" – "He is truly risen, as he said!"

He added, "The ancient feast of Passover, the commemoration of the liberation of the Hebrew people from slavery, here finds fulfillment. By his resurrection, Jesus Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin and death, and has opened before us the way to eternal life."

Wishing the world "Happy Easter!" Pope Francis ended his message with following words: "Dear brothers and sisters, this year Christians of every confession celebrate Easter together. With one voice, in every part of the world, we proclaim the great message: "The Lord is truly risen, as he said!" May Jesus, who vanquished the darkness of sin and death, grant peace to our days."

The full text of the Urbi et Orbi has been made available at Vatican City's website.

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