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Pope Francis Issues Plea For Peace In Easter Sunday Mass

April 01, 2018 - 11:39 am

VATICAN CITY (1010 WINS) -- On this Easter Sunday, the most joyful day of the Christian calendar, Pope Francis celebrated mass in the Vatican and issued a plea for peace.

As correspondent Megan Williams reported, the St. Peter’s Square was decked out in bright flowers as Pope Francis presided over Easter mass with thousands crowded in to see him.

Pope Francis’ annual Urbi et Orbi – or “to the city and the world” – message specifically included a call for peace in Syria.

“This Easter, may the light of the risen Christ illumine the consciences of all political and military leaders, so that a swift end may be brought to the carnage in course; that humanitarian law may be respected,” the pope said through an interpreter.

The mass came after the solemn Easter vigil service Saturday night, where the pope baptized a 31-year-old Nigerian migrant named John Ogah.

Ogah became known as the migrant hero after he stopped a man trying to rob a supermarket in Rome. He was without documents and was begging outside the store when he stopped the crime.

A police captain helped him get legal and stood by his side as godfather.

Back in New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan celebrated mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“Peace be with you and a blessed Easter everyone,” Dolan said. “How grateful we are for your company.”

Many other churches also had special observances, including the release of the doves ceremony at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral Sunday afternoon.

After the services, the annual Easter Parade took over Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street.