Pope Francis makes Easter pleas for Mideast peace

AP , Sunday 31 Mar 2013

Pope Francis calls for an end to the Syrian crisis and peace between Palestinians and Israel

Pope Francis is making an Easter Sunday peace plea, saying conflicts have lasted too long in Syria, and between Israelis and Palestinians.

Francis also urges reconciliation on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea says it has entered "a state of war" with South Korea.

Before a crowd of 250,000 in St. Peter's Square he also denounced warfare and terrorism in Africa, and decried a greedy affluent world looking for "easy gain."

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