“Everyone, especially the most fragile people, needs assistance and has the right to have access to the necessary care. This is even more evident in this time when we are all called to fight the pandemic and vaccines are an essential tool for this fight ». Pope Francis, during the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing in St. Peter’s Square, makes a strong appeal in favor of the poorest nations:. shared to overcome the delays in their distribution and facilitate their sharing, especially with the poorest countries “:
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And the Pontiff added: «The pandemic is still in full swing; the social and economic crisis is very heavy, especially for the poorest; despite this – and it is scandalous – Armed conflicts do not cease and military arsenals are strengthenedari, such as the distribution of anti-personnel mines, sneaky and horrible death devices ». And «the Resurrection naturally takes us to Jerusalem. For it we implore the Lord for peace and security, so that it responds to the call to be a meeting place where everyone can feel like brothers, and where Israelis and Palestinians find the strength of dialogue to reach a stable solution, which sees two states live side by side in peace. and prosperity “. But there is not only the conflict in Middle East : Francis prayed, and brought the world’s attention, for Syria, Myanmar, Iraq, Africa of Nigeria and the Sahel, Nagorno – Kharabakh, eastern Ukraine. And he once again begged for solidarity and hospitality for migrants from all over the world and asked strongly freedom of worship for Christians: «Also this year, in various places, many of us celebrated Easter with severe limitations and, sometimes, without even being able to access liturgical celebrations. We pray that such limitations, as well as any limitation to freedom of worship and religion in the world, may be removed and each one may be allowed to pray and praise God freely. ”
But today is still a feast, the most important of the year for Christians: “The proclamation of the Church echoes in every part of the world: Jesus, the crucified one, is risen, as he said. The Easter announcement does not show a mirage, it does not reveal a magic formula, it does not indicate an escape route in the face of the difficult situation we are going through ». And he explains: «The witnesses report an important detail: the risen Jesus bears the wounds on his hands, feet and side: they are the perennial seal of his love for us. Anyone who suffers a hard trial, in body and spirit, can find refuge in these wounds, receive through them the grace of hope that does not disappoint.. Risen Christ is hope for those who still suffer from the pandemic, for the sick and for those who have lost a loved one. May the Lord give them comfort and support the labors of doctors and nurses and also of the children deprived of school. Everyone, especially the most fragile people, needs assistance and has the right to have access to the necessary care. This is even more evident in this time when we are all called to fight the pandemic and vaccines are an essential tool for this fight. And may the Lord help families in crisis, with the poor and desperation dramatically increased ”.
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