Pope prays for victims of Syria and Gaza in Easter message

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Philip Willan | The Times
Hundreds of Christians gathered in St Peter’s Square to listen to the pontiff’s message
The Pope appealed yesterday for an end to the “carnage” in Syria and for reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews in his traditional Easter message.

Speaking from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica, he lamented the “apparently endless war in Syria” and the killing of the “defenceless” in the Holy Land. Seventeen Palestinians were shot dead by the Israeli army at the weekend after protesters ignored warnings not to encroach on the border fence with Gaza.

“Today we implore fruits of peace upon the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, where people are worn down by an apparently endless war,” the Pope said. “This Easter may the light of the risen Christ illumine the consciences of all political and military…
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