(VATICAN CITY, Italy) -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday among tens of thousands of faithful pilgrims.
The Pope delivered his traditional message of peace, calling on "an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation" in Syria, "peace and stability" in Mali and "the strength needed to take up anew the building of a society which is peaceful and respectful of the religious freedom of its citizens" in Nigeria. He also appealed to Israelis and Palestinians to "courageously take up anew the peace process" and asked that the inhabitants of the Great Lakes Region, Sudan and South Sudan "the power of forgiveness."
When the Pope finished his speech, he offered Easter greetings in more than sixty languages.
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