>> Pope Francis denounced oppressive regimes in his Easter Message Sunday and called for world leaders to prevent the spread of conflict. In his annual Easter Sunday Mass, his faith as Catholic leader, The Pope addressed tens of thousands of people in Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican.
The area was under significant security measures following recent vehicle attacks against pedestrians in London and Stockholm. In his traditional Urbi et orbi message, Francis spoke of a world lacerated by conflicts and laced with tensions without naming any specific governments.>>
> He also referred to the beloved and martyred Syria, condemning an attack on a bus convoy of evacuees outside Aleppo Saturday, which reportedly killed over 100 people.
May he grant the leaders of nations the courage they need to prevent the spread of conflict and to put a halt to the arms trade.>>
The Pope often uses services during Holy Week and throughout the year to draw attention to the plight of war victims, refugees, and migrants.