Vatican City-Pope Francis has been condemned as a “scandal” in his traditional Easter Sunday speech. Despite the severe social and economic suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the expansion of the poor, how armed conflict continues to rage.
Francis modified the address of Urbi et Orbi (Latin for “to the city and the world”) and wished him full of joy in joy, and talked about Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.
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“Everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, needs assistance and is entitled to the necessary care,” the pope said.
He was outraged at the beginning of his speech and condemned that wars and conflicts persisted during the worst health crisis in a century.
“The pandemic is still spreading, and the social and economic crisis is still severe, especially for the poor. However, this is shocking. The armed conflict has not ended and the military arsenal has been strengthened.” Francis said, sounding angry. “That is today’s scandal.”
The Pope prays that the public authorities will ensure that the living standards of those in need are high. Sadly, this epidemic has greatly increased the number of poor people and made thousands of people feel hopeless. “
He expressed his condolences for the plight of people suffering from wars and other conflicts. He quoted information from Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, which was devastated by violent protests and political conflicts (including so-called coups). Francis urged Haitians “not to be overwhelmed by difficulties, but to look to the future with confidence and hope.”
Francis offered encouragement to young people in Myanmar who “committed to supporting democracy and expressing their voice peacefully.” Demonstrators in Myanmar took to the streets with painted eggs to mention Easter. The Burmese military tried to suppress those who opposed the February 1 coup d’etat and the removal of the democratically elected government.
Francis thanked Lebanon and Jordan for recruiting refugees from the Syrian war, and prayed that peace would eventually lead to “millions of people living in an inhumane environment.” He also prayed for ending the conflict between Yemen and Libya.
Citing the suffering of the African people, he condemned “internal violence and international terrorism, especially in the Sahel and Nigeria.” The other disaster-stricken areas he mentioned were Ethiopia’s Tigray Province and Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province. The fighting by the rebels to control a small town lasted for several days.
Francis prayed for the safe return of prisoners from the long conflicts in Europe, eastern Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabkh.
Earlier in the day, Francis Francis celebrated Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Compared with the traditional thousands of cases, there are only 200 believers in the Diocese of Pews in compliance with the rules and regulations of the epidemic.
Usually, Francis will give an Easter speech on world affairs on the central balcony of the cathedral overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Instead, he read indoors for the second time in a row to discourage the masses from gathering.
Francis said: “Dear brothers and sisters, this year, Easter is celebrated in various places again under strict restrictions, sometimes even unable to participate in liturgical celebrations.” Francis said before offering special apostolic blessings to believers around the world. .
The Pope said: “We pray that these restrictions and all restrictions on freedom of worship and religion around the world can be lifted, so that everyone can freely pray and praise God.”