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Pope Francis delivers full Easter Sunday Mass after missing Palm Sunday, Good Friday events


Pope Francis powered through his health problems to preside over Easter Mass at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday.

Francis, 87, called for an end to conflict around the world, particularly focusing on the Russia-Ukraine war and Israel’s war in Gaza, where he once again called for a cease-fire.

“Peace is never made with weapons, but with outstretched hands and open hearts,” he told the crowd of 60,000 people on a blustery day in central Italy.

Pope Francis delivers full Easter Sunday Mass after missing Palm Sunday and Good Friday events

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Pope Francis delivers his Urbi Et Orbi Blessing from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square on Sunday in Vatican City.

Last week, the pontiff skipped his homily during Palm Sunday Mass. The last-minute decision surprised those in attendance, including journalists who had been given his prepared remarks.

Additionally, Francis had been scheduled to take part in the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, but he chose to stay home.

But on Sunday morning, just hours after completing the lengthy Saturday night Easter Vigil service, Francis returned to St. Peter’s Square to call for peace on Earth.

“In calling for respect for the principles of international law, I express my hope for a general exchange of all prisoners between Russia and Ukraine: all for the sake of all!” he said.

The pontiff also called for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and spoke to the plight of Haitians, the Rohingya and victims of human trafficking.

Pope Francis delivers full Easter Sunday Mass after missing Palm Sunday and Good Friday events

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Pope Francis waves faithful as he smiles after celebrating Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday.

Francis wasn’t the only leader to make a comeback appearance on Easter Sunday. King Charles III, rarely seen in public since his cancer diagnosis, joined other members of the royal family for Easter service at Windsor Castle.

Afterwards, the monarch shook hands and greeted people outside, telling them they were “brave to stand out here in the cold.” Prince William and Princess Kate were not in attendance.

With News Wire Services

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