Pope Francis made traditional address “Urbi et Orbi” – to the city and the world – from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to believers in the flower-bedecked square below where he earlier celebrated a Mass.
“We invoke on this day fruits of hope for those who yearn for a more dignified life, above all in those areas of the African continent deeply affected by hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism. May the peace of the risen Lord heal wounds in South Sudan and open hearts to dialogue and mutual understanding. Let us not forget the victims of that conflict, especially the children! May there be no lack of solidarity with all those forced to abandon leave their native lands and lacking the bare essentials for living” – Pontifex said.
The day before, Pontifex baptized a Nigerian beggar who came to public eye for his good deed, helping to catch a thief in Italian streets.