The devastating series of attacks in Sri Lanka has marred the Easter celebrations in the Vatican with Pope Francis. The head of the Catholic Church thought of in front of tens of thousands of faithful in St Peter's square on Easter Sunday to victims of "severe attacks".
"I want the Christian community, which was taken when she was gathered in prayer, and all the Victims of such cruel violence to Express my heartfelt closeness," said Francis. He spoke of a "dramatic event". Easter is the most important Festival for Christians and is actually a cause for joy. It is thought according to the Christian Tradition of the resurrection of Jesus. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people come on holidays to Rome.
The Easter mass in the Morning in front of the Basilica of St. Peter's is normally particularly festive. The St. Peter's square was adorned this year with tens of thousands of flowers, according to Vatican figures were around 70'000 people. However, during the mass, the Pope looked very serious.
In Sri Lanka had taken place within a few hours, a series of explosions in Christian churches. In the churches Easter worship services were held. There were the most victims. Alone in a house of worship for more than 100 people died according to official figures.
commemorate victims of war
In the Easter message, the Pope before the traditional blessing "Urbi et Orbi" is announced, the 82-Year-old on crises and wars around the world, and expressed the hope for an end to armed conflicts: "He who gives us peace, may the noise of weapons in the context of the wars as well as in our towns and cities to the Silence."
The conflict in Syria run the risk, "to be more and more taken for granted and even make us indifferent", the Pope said, and called for a political solution and for addressing the humanitarian crisis. "A special thought, I dedicate the population of Yemen, especially the Hunger and the war, exhausting children," continued the Pope. The parties to the conflict in Libya, the fighting recently, he called to dialogue and renunciation of violence. "Like stop the guns, the bloodshed in Libya, where in recent weeks, defenseless people died and many families were forced to leave their homes," the Pope said. It must be avoided that "the wounds of a decade of conflict and political instability will be re-opened".
The people responsible in Venezuela, in turn, set the social injustices and the violence in the South American country would have to end. Many people are deprived of the "minimum conditions for a dignified and secure life," complained Francis.
he Also took the African continent in the view, "is still met by social tensions, conflicts and sometimes of violent extremism, the uncertainty, destruction and death."
Hope for a better future
The highest level of the Catholic agencies in the Holy Land would be summoned on Sunday, the hope for a better future. You often have the impression that "Evil prevails," said the Latin Patriarch pier Battista Pizzaballa, in the Church of the Holy sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is according to the Christian Tradition, to the place where Jesus was buried and rose again.
Also this year, the Easter celebrations in the Holy Land overshadowed by the ongoing bloody confrontations on Israel's border with the Gaza strip. According to the Palestinian Ministry of health, dozens of people were injured.
Created: 21.04.2019, 15:14 PM