Pope Francis decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrian refugees
In his Easter Sunday message, Pope Francis decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria.
Both in his impromptu homily during Mass in St Peter’s Square and later in his formal Urbi et Orbi Easter message delivered from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica, Francis reflected on a litany of suffering in the world, including wars, oppressive regimes, human trafficking, corruption, famine and domestic violence.
He encouraged people to hold fast in their “fearful hearts” to faith, acknowledging that many people wonder where God is amid so much evil and suffering in the world.
In his balcony address, Francis prayed that God