Pope Francis reappears at Easter and warns of “winds of war” blowing over Europe

This Sunday, Pope Francis presided over and had the traditional “urbi et orbi” blessing A memory of the victims of all open conflicts in the world, but especially for Gaza. The Pope asked, among other things, for approval An immediate ceasefire in the Strip:

He added: “I call once again to ensure the access of humanitarian aid to Gaza. I call again for the rapid release of the hostages who were kidnapped last October 7 and for an immediate ceasefire in the Strip.”

on Ukrainian war He called for a general exchange of all prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. “All for all,” he shouted from the balcony of Saint Pere Cathedral.

The Pope also warned against this The “winds of war” should not be allowed to spread over Europe and the Mediterranean. He said: “War is always absurdity and defeat. Peace is not built with weapons, but with expansion and opening of the heart.”

Pope Francis returns to appear before about 60,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican (Reuters/Yara Nardi)

Francis has reappeared In front of about 60 thousand parishioners After he abandoned some Easter activities due to health problems. Before “urbi et orbi,” Francis presided over the Easter Sunday Mass.

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