Pope Francis denounced how the war escalated and the coronavirus epidemic continued to cause misery.
In his Easter message, Pope Francis called on countries, especially the world’s poorest, to speed up the distribution of the COVD-19 vaccine, calling the epidemic “armed conflict and military spending in” scandalous times. “
The coronavirus epidemic indicates that this is the second year in a row that Easter papal services have attended small gatherings at a secondary altar in St. Peter’s Basilica instead of crowds in the church or outside square.
After saying the month of Sunday, Francis read his Ur Robi at Arabi (to the city and the world) message, in which he traditionally reviews the problems of the world and appeals for peace.
“The epidemic is still spreading, while social and economic crises remain acute, especially for the poor. However – and this is scandalous – the armed conflict has not ended and the military arsenal is being strengthened, ”he said.
Francis, who normally gave this address to one million people in St. Peter’s Square, spoke to less than 200 people in the church, when the message was spread to millions around the world.
The square was empty except for a few police officers who enforced a three-day national lockdown.
The pope appealed to God to comfort the sick, who have lost loved ones, and the unemployed, asking the authorities to give the family the greatest number of “decent living.”
He praised the medical staff, expressed sympathy for the youth for not being admitted to the school and said everyone was called upon to deal with the epidemic.
The pope said vaccination was a “necessary tool” in the fight against viruses.
He added, “I urge the entire international community, in a spirit of global responsibility, to overcome delays in vaccine distribution and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries.”
Francis, who has often called for a complete ban on disarmament and the acquisition of nuclear weapons, said: “There is still a lot of war and a lot of violence in the world! The Lord who is our peace, help us to overcome our war mentality. “
Referring to the International Day Against Anti-personnel Landmines, he described the weapon as “a cunning and horrible device … how much better our world could be without these instruments of death!”
Referring to the areas of conflict, he praised, saying “Myanmar’s youth are committed to supporting democracy and listening to their voices peacefully.”
More than 550 protesters Has been killed Since the 1 February 1 military coup in Myanmar, which the Pope visited in 2017.
Francis called for peace in several conflict zones in Africa, including the Tigris region of northern Ethiopia and the province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. He said Crisis in Yemen “Met with a deaf and reprehensible silence”.
He called on Israelis and Palestinians to “rediscover the power of dialogue” in a two-state solution where both can live side by side in peace and prosperity.
He also expressed support for those who are suffering in Lebanon, Syria and Libya and whose lives have been affected by poverty and conflict.