Pope Francis’ Easter Message

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A painting from within the tomb of Jesus, empty, looking into the dawn of a new day with the cross in the centre.

Pope Francis has delivered his Urbi et Orbi, or message for Rome and the World for Easter 2022. He focuses on the importance of peace in a world at the end of an ‘endless’ Lent with COVID-19, multiple wars and a world facing the difficulties of climate change. “Brothers and sisters, may we be won over by the Peace of Christ! Peace is possible; peace is a duty; peace is everyone’s primary responsibility.”

Urbi et Orbi

“Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!

“Jesus, the Crucified One, is risen! He stands in the midst of those who mourned him, locked behind closed doors and full of fear and anguish. He comes to them and says: ‘Peace be with you!’ (Jn 20:19).

“Today, more than ever, we need him, at the end of a Lent that has seemed endless. We emerged from two years of pandemic, which took a heavy toll. It was time to come out of the tunnel together, hand in hand, pooling our strengths and resources… Instead, we are showing that we do not yet have within us the spirit of Jesus but the spirit of Cain, who saw Abel not as a brother, but as a rival, and thought about how to eliminate him. We need the crucified and risen Lord so that we can believe in the victory of love, and hope for reconciliation. Today, more than ever, we need him to stand in our midst and repeat to us: “Peace be with you!”