Pope Francis Prays For Nigeria on Easter Sunday

While celebrating the Easter Sunday mass in Rome, POPE Francis prayed for an end to terrorist attacks in Nigeria, peace in Ukraine and Syria and and an end to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa. 
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The Holy Father celebrated the Easter mass at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St Peter's Basilica in the presence of more than 150,000 faithful - Romans and pilgrims from around the globe who over-flowed the huge St. Peter's square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of
white roses. The pilgrims waved flags from the Pope's native Argentina as well as Brazil, Mexico, Britain, Poland and many other countries.
Pope Francis while noting that this year the Catholic Church's celebration of Easter coincided with that of Orthodox Churches, which have many followers in Ukraine prayed for Ukraine in these words "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine, so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence."
Pope Francis also prayed that all sides in Syria will be moved to "boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue".
He also remembered those suffering in Africa from an epidemic of deadly Ebola in his prayers and urged a halt to "brutal terrorist attacks" in parts of Nigeria.


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