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Pope delivers first "Urbi et Orbi" address

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Pope delivers first "Urbi et Orbi" address


Benedict XVI has delivered the first “Urbi et Orbi” Easter blessing of his papacy. Benedict offered Easter greetings in 62 languages, but the “Urbi et Urbi” – ‘to the city and the world’ – is also the traditional occasion for the Pope to give the Catholic church’s position on the major issues of the day. He used it to call for the creation of a Palestinian state as well as Israel’s right to live in peace.

On Iran the Pope called for a serious dialogue aimed at achieving peaceful coexistance. He called for reconciliation in Africa, describing the humanitarian situation in Darfour as intolerable, and serenity and concorde in Italy’s political crisis. Some 80 000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square to hear the address, which was relayed live across the world by more than 100 television broadcasters.
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