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    Pope Francis Gives Easter Message on Global Conflict

    The pontiff used his annual “Urbi et Orbi” address to call for peace in Syria, Israel and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a crowd of tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Easter Mass. Francis told world leaders to “end the carnage” and mentioned recent violence in Gaza, which left 15 Palestinians dead. Vatican City was under heavy security as police were wary of possible terrorist threats, while the pope offered hope that “dialogue and mutual respect may prevail over division and violence.”

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