Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics from around the world have gathered on St Peter’s Square for Easter Sunday mass.
It was the second Easter celebrations for Pope Benedict who turns 80 later this month.
In his speech, he made an impassioned plea for world peace, lamenting what he called “the continual slaughter in Iraq”.
He also condemned terrorism and the use of religion to justify violence.
The Pontiff did however note “some signs of hope in the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority”.