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Pope Francis makes plea for peace and dialogue in conflict-torn countries on Easter
Pope Francis greeted the huge crowd of the faithful and tourists after the Easter mass on April 20, 2014 at St Peter's square in Vatican and made a plea for peace and dialogue in conflict zones such as Nigeria, Ukraine and Syria. St. Peter's Square was decorated with daffodils, hyacinths and roses. Keeping in view the worldwide reach of the Catholic Church, faithful read prayers and passages from the Bible in many world languages including Hindi.
Easter marks Christianity's most hopeful day to culminate the Holy Week to celebrate the rise of Jesus from the dead after his crucifixion. Pope Francis urged people to pay attention to and serve the needy and others crushed by life's troubles as well as helping the sick, elderly and the outcast. He also denounced wastefulness and stressed austerity.

According to official Vatican network, Pope Francis opened Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' by addressing the gathering as "Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!" Then he continued, "The Church throughout the world echoes the angel?s message to the women: Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised? Come; see the place where he lay.?

"By your resurrection, which this year we celebrate together with the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, we ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country?s future. On this day, may they be able to proclaim, as brothers and sisters, that Christ is risen, Khrystos voskres!" he added at the end of his message.

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