What is Urbi et Orbi?
On relations between North and South Korea, the Pope said he hoped talks aiming to ease longstanding tensions on the Korean peninsula would “advance harmony and peace”. He added: “May those who are directly responsible act with wisdom and discernment to promote the good of the Korean people and to build relationships of trust within the international community.”
This follows His Easter message
The Pope also expressed hope for an end to violence and division in Ukraine and Venezuela.
The pontiff was speaking in an “Urbi et Orbi” address from the famous central balcony at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, in front of tens of thousands of the faithful.
The Latin phrase means “to the city [of Rome] and the world” and the special address is employed only a few occasions – at Christmas, at Easter and just after being elected pontiff.
Thousands of people were in St Peter’s Square to hear him speak from the balcony of the basilica.
“Today we implore fruits of peace upon the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long suffering land of Syria whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war,” said the Pope.
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“This Easter may the light of the risen Christ illuminate 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; and that provisions be made to facilitate access to the aid so urgently needed.”