Pope Urges 'Political Solution' in 'Dear Syria'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Pope Francis prayed for a "political solution" in Syria in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square.
The pope delivered his "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to Rome and the world from the same balcony of St Peter's Basilica where he made his first appearance after his momentous election to the papacy this month.
Speaking in front of some 250,000 people from around the world in the Vatican, Francis prayed for "dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort.
"How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found?" he said.
The pope also addressed the situations on the Korean peninsula and in unrest-hit Nigeria.