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Title: POPE ADDRESSES GLOBAL ISSUES IN EASTER MESSAGE

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SUBJECT: POPE ADDRESSES GLOBAL ISSUES IN EASTER MESSAGE 
 
¶1.   Pope Benedict XVI called for a rediscovery of the grounds 
for hope during his Easter day message to "the city of Rome and 
the world" (urbi et orbi). Reflecting on his recent visit to 
Cameroon and Angola, the pontiff - who turns 82 on April 16 - 
said Africa suffers disproportionately for war, hunger, poverty 
and disease.  Benedict said he would repeat his message of 
justice, truth, mercy, forgiveness and love when he makes his 
upcoming visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian 
Territories.  He said reconciliation was a pre-condition "for a 
future of overall security and peaceful coexistence."  This 
reconciliation, the Pope added, can only be achieved by 
"renewed, persevering and sincere efforts" to resolve the 
conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. 
 
¶2.   Pope Benedict offered a renewed sense of hope as the 
antidote to the ailments afflicting today's world. He said these 
include food insecurity, the global financial crisis, poverty, 
climate change, migration forced by violence and depravation, 
and the threat of terrorism. Full text of the papal message is 
available on Embassy Vatican's Diplopedia page: 
http://diplopedia.state.gov/index.php?title=V atican_Policy_ 
Documents 
 
¶3.   Comment. The Pope gives the "urbi et orbi" address every 
Christmas and Easter day. The Holy See uses it to access a 
worldwide audience of radio listeners and television viewers 
that numbers in the billions to emphasize key elements of its 
current take on major global issues. End Comment. 
 
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