Pope Francis delivered his annual Easter message Sunday after leading Mass at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
In his “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and the world”) message, the pope asked for prayers for Syria; the Holy Land, Yemen and the Middle East; Africa; North and South Korea; Ukraine; and Venezuela.
The pope also prayed for children who “grow up without hope, lacking education and health care” and elderly people “who are cast off by a selfish culture,” according to Catholic news site Crux.
In ‘Urbi et Orbi’ message Pope calls for wounds to be healed in South Sudan + Democratic Republic of Congo and for hearts to be opened to ‘dialogue and mutual understanding’ #Easter pic.twitter.com/lbEUpWNoUW— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) April 1, 2018
#PopeFrancis also encourages talks ‘on the Korean peninsula’ hoping they will advance ‘harmony and peace— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) April 1, 2018
And he calls for an end to ‘selfish culture that ostracises those who are not productive’ including the elderly #Easter— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) April 1, 2018