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The Easter Message of Pope Francis:



Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!

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” ( Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good  News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen!  This event is  the basis of our faith and our hope.  If Christ were not raised,  Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the  Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew.  The message which  Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on  the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the  Lord of life and death.  In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over  death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!”  In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being  close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy,  standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast…  “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!

Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.

Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by  conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often  responsible.

Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned.

Enable us to care for our brothers and sisters struck by  the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and to  care for those suffering from so many other diseases which are also  spread through neglect and dire poverty.

Comfort all those who cannot celebrate this Easter with  their loved ones because they have been unjustly torn from their  affections, like the many persons, priests and laity, who in various  parts of the world have been kidnapped.

Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living  their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely professing their faith.

We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.

We pray in a particular way for Syria, beloved Syria,  that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed  humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force,  especially against the defenseless civil population, but instead boldly  negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue!

Jesus, Lord of glory, we ask you to comfort the victims  of fratricidal acts of violence in Iraq and to sustain the hopes raised  by the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

We beg for an end to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and a halt to the brutal terrorist attacks in parts of Nigeria and the acts of violence in South Sudan.

We ask that hearts be turned to reconciliation and fraternal concord in Venezuela.

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!

Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!


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