Today, Easter Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI asks for peace in Libya and the Middle East. His Easter message calls for good will and for the turmoil to calm. The Pope said, “In all the countries of northern Africa and the Middle East, may all citizens, especially young people, work to promote the common good and to build a society where poverty is defeated and every political choice is inspired by respect for the human person.” In St. Peter’s Square on the balcony, the Pope prayed “that the light of peace and of human dignity may overcome the darkness of division, hate and violence,” in the Middle East.
His message was clear about the troubled area, “In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue replace arms. And may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid.”
Benedict also had a message and prayer for his city, the “Urbi et Orbi”, and the rest of the world. He prayed for Japan and the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. He also asked for the Ivory Coast to begin treading on “the path of reconciliation and pardon.”
The Pope prayed that the holy holiday of Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus after the crucifixion, will lead believers to a stronger faith with “words and life.”
St. Peter’s Square was filled today with 100,000 people from all across the globe. The Pope will be back in the square in one week to beatify John Paul II, the previous pope. The is the final step before sainthood.