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On Easter Sunday, the Pope launched a dramatic message of peace in the face of the “winds of war” in Europe

Pope Francis, in poor health, today presided over the two final ceremonies of Holy Week, the Mass of Resurrection and the “urbi et orbi” blessing, to the city of Rome and the world, from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. before 60 thousand faithful who applauded him from the square. But a fact fell by surprise On this very special morning for the Catholic world: the president of Indonesia invited the Pope to visit his country, making official a difficult twelve-day trip because it includes four Asian countries.

The bombshell news came when mass was being celebrated. In Francisco’s state of health, the evidence of travel is a problem. That of Indonesia and other Asian countries, not yet formalized, constitutes an effort determined by the long trip and the sum of twelve days to carry it out.

Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world and is an effort by the Pope to promote religious tolerance. President Joko Widodo announced: “After waiting two years, Pope Francis will come to Indonesia.”

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The Supreme Pontiff presided over the two final ceremonies of Holy Week, the Mass of Resurrection and the “urbi et orbi” blessing.

This year there are other trips planned in Europe. And on the horizon is also the possibility that it will come to fruition. a long trip to the native country of the Argentine Pope, which would be completed by a visit to Uruguay.

This morning, Jorge Bergoglio showed himself in good condition, after not going to the Coliseum on Good Friday for the 14 stations of Calvary, commented this year by the same pontiff.

In good shape, but always with difficulty moving due to his problems with the ligaments in his right knee. Francis wore a white cape to combat the wind that blew over all of Rome.

Pope Francis, this Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. (AFP)

In the square next to the atrium of the Basilica, in addition to the 60 thousand faithful, 350 religious people were present, including cardinals, bishops and priests to celebrate with the Pope.

There was no homily at the ceremony. The atrium of the basilica looked splendidly decorated with thousands of flowers sent by Dutch florists.

At the end of the ceremony, the Pope toured the square amidst applause and expressions of encouragement to the Argentine pontiff from the faithful who greeted him as he passed by in the popemobile.

The Pope greets the faithful.  (AFP)The Pope greets the faithful. (AFP)

The Pope returned to the interior of the basilica and from the central loggia, on the same balcony where his election as pontiff was announced on March 13, 2013, he launched his Easter message and gave an “Orbi et Urbi” blessing to the city ​​and the world.

The Pope reviewed the conflicts and evils that humanity suffers. He said that God “opens the doors of life, those doors that we constantly close with the wars that proliferate in the world.”

The most dramatic moment for the faithful was the warning issued by the Pope against the “winds of war” that blow over Europe and the Mediterranean in the wake of the increasingly difficult complications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“War is always absurd and a defeat. Peace is not built with weapons but by reaching out and opening your heart. The risen Christ opens a path of peace for the martyred regions” that suffer from wars, he stated.

The Pope mentioned the war between Russia and Ukraine, with the participation of European countries helping Ukrainians to resist in an increasingly difficult situation.

Pope Francis in the popemobile after the Easter Mass as part of the Holy Week celebrations.  Photo: Tiziana FABI / AFPPope Francis in the popemobile after the Easter Mass as part of the Holy Week celebrations. Photo: Tiziana FABI / AFP

The Pope asked a general exchange of all prisoners between Russia and Ukraine “All for all!” he exclaimed

He also called for peace in the war that Israel is fighting against the Palestinians in Gaza.

“I reiterate the call to guarantee the possibility of humanitarian aid access to Gaza,” said Francisco. The Argentine Pope demanded the release of the hostages kidnapped on October 7 by the Palestinians and “an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.”

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