Easter message: Pope denounces “oppressive regimes” as tensions rise in Syria, North Korea


pope francis a plea for peacePope Francis denounced “oppressive regimes” in his Easter message on Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria.

Francis, marking the fifth Easter season of his pontificate, said Mass before tens of thousands of people under exceptional security measures in St. Peter’s Square following recent vehicle attacks against pedestrians in London and Stockholm.

More police vans and army vehicles than usual were positioned at the entrances to the Vatican area and the faithful were stopped at several check points leading into the square, which was decorated with 35,000 flowers and trees.

In his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message, delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis spoke of a world lacerated by conflicts and laced with tensions.

From the same balcony from where he first appeared to the world on the night of his election in 2013, Francis spoke of God walking “beside all those forced to leave their homelands as a result of armed conflicts, terrorist attacks, famine and oppressive regimes”.

He did not name any specific governments.

Pope Francis waves at the end of the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis waves at the end of the Easter mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

“In the complex and often dramatic situations of today’s world, may the Risen Lord guide the steps of all those who work for justice and peace. May he grant the leaders of nations the courage they need to prevent the spread of conflicts and to put a halt to the arms trade,” he said.

Francis spoke hours after North Korea warned the United States to end its “military hysteria” or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.

Concern has grown since the U.S. Navy fired 59 Tomahawkmissiles at a Syrian airfield last week in response to a deadlygas attack. That raised questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for North Korea, which has conducted missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations and unilateral sanctions.

Francis also condemned the bomb blast on a crowded Syrian bus convoy that killed at least 112 people outside Aleppo as an “ignoble” attack, asking God to bring healing and healing and comfort to civilian population in what he called the “beloved and martyred Syria”.

Speaking on the most important day in the Christian liturgical calendar, he called for peace in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ukraine.

A surprise downpour hit Rome as the Mass was held but it passed quickly, allowing Francis to ride around in an open pope mobile so people at the back of the crowd could see him.

Repeatedly during Holy Week services, Francis has drawn attention to the plight of war victims, refugees and migrants.

On Good Friday, he spoke of the “shame” of humanity becoming inured to daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants.




10 responses to “Easter message: Pope denounces “oppressive regimes” as tensions rise in Syria, North Korea”

  1. Niemals Avatar

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    Photo: stern

    1. Rascal Avatar

      You must be sick to your guts when you see what muslims and Islam is doing to Germany. Islamic No-Go will become the norm and a breeding ground for extremist. Sad to see Europe sleepwalk into its demise.


      1. Niemals Avatar

        That’s is the price of a democratic society….
        Arzna is one of those that don’t respect it.
        He is a civilized human being that have only ONE perspective.

        1. Rascal Avatar

          There is nothing democratic about Islamic extremists. They respect their brand of allah way more than they respect the laws of Europe.

          1. Niemals Avatar

            Islamic extremists don’t recognize man made laws.

          2. Rascal Avatar

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          3. Niemals Avatar

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          4. Niemals Avatar

            Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Israel has ‘right’ to homeland and an ‘Attacke’ by IDF video have messed with the website.

            Surprising step by the Saudi crown prince:
            Mohammed bin Salman has granted the Israelis the right to their land. Never before had such a high representative of the ultra-conservative kingdom done so.

            “I believe that all people, everywhere, have the right to live peacefully in their state,” said the Saudi crown prince to the US magazine “The Atlantic”.
            And more concretely: “I believe that Palestinians and Israelis have the right to their own land.”
            At the same time, the Saudi crown prince called for a peace agreement between the conflicting parties in the Middle East.
            This is necessary “to ensure stability for all and have normal relationships,” said Mohammed bin Salman.
            The son of King Salman is considered the real strong man of saudi Arabia.

            Alliance against Iran?

  2. Niemals Avatar

    On Easter Sunday in the speakers Corner in #London!
    In Düren, (Population: 92,820) between Aachen and Köln.

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