In his Urbi et Orbi address at the Vatican on Easter Sunday, the pontiff told a crowd of 80,000 that the Christian message of the resurrection offered hope in a world marked by violence and injustice. Francis called for an end to the war in Syria.
In an interview with DW, Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts talks about the attacks on Christians in Pakistan, and whether his elevation to the position of cardinal will be helpful in dealing with the grim situation.
The Pope has used his traditional Urbi et Orbi speech to call for peace in Jerusalem. It was the second time the pontiff has spoken about the issue since the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The pope's statement came from inside a Roman prison during an annual pre-Easter ritual. Francis has taken the toughest stance against capital punishment of any pope in the history of the church.
Pope Francis has presided over the Via Crucis procession at Rome's Colosseum under tight security. He told the crowd he felt shame because future generations would inherit a world "fractured by divisions and wars."
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