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Pope Francis congratulates Orthodox Christians on Easter

He asked the Lord to bring the Orthodox joy and peace
22:38, 28 April 2019
Pope Francis, during his Sunday sermon on St. Peter’s Square, congratulated all Orthodox Christians on Easter, Vatican News reports.

“I send sincere wishes to our brothers and sisters from the Eastern churches who today celebrate Easter on the Julian calendar. Let the Risen Lord give them joy and peace,” said the Pope of Rome.

Today, on April 28, Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter - the main church holiday, the day of the Resurrection of Christ. Its importance, in particular, reflects the definition from the Bible  of "greatest feast and triumph of festivities," but, like any other holiday, Easter has its own history, symbols, customs, and signs.
Earlier Pope Francis mentioned Ukraine in his speech in the Vatican on April 21, when Catholic Christians celebrate the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. This is reported by BBC.

"May this Easter bring consolation to the residents of eastern Ukraine suffering from the ongoing conflict ... May the Lord encourage humanitarian aid initiatives and those aimed at achieving a lasting peace," said the Pope of Rome.

In his speech, he also mentioned other conflicts and crises in the world, particularly in Syria, Libya, Israel and Palestine, Sudan and South Sudan, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and other countries.

The Pontiff also condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka, where several explosions occurred in churches during Easter services. He expressed his condolences to the Christian community of the country.
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