Pope Benedict’s Easter message: world peace


The year-long conflict in Syria, and the troubles in Nigeria, the west African nation of Mali and other nations was the focus of the traditional Easter message of Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. Addressing thousands of pilgrims at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, April 8, he warned that mankind is “groping in the darkness, unable to distinguish good from evil.” As the Philippines and other nations that are still predominantly Catholic celebrated Easter, one of the most joyous celebrations in the Christian calendar, marking the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a deadly car bombing close to a church in Nigeria killed at least 20.

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