By FRANCES D’EMILIO
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis in his traditional Easter Sunday address denounced as scandalous how armed conflicts continue to rage even as the coronavirus pandemic has triggered severe social and economic suffering and swollen the ranks of the poor.
Francis tempered his Urbi et Orbi″ address (Latin for To the city and to the world) wishes of joy on the Christian feast day along with accounts of pain from the globes many armed conflicts in Africa, the Mideast, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Describing vaccines as an essential tool in the pandemic battle, Francis called for a spirit of global responsibility as he encouraged nations to overcome delays in the distribution of vaccines and ensure that the shots reach the poorest nations.
Everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, requires assistance and has the right to have access to necessary care. the pontiff said.
Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi blessing after celebrating Easter Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at The Vatican Sunday, April 4, 2021, during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)