The pope focused on suffering being endured in the world during his Easter Day ‘Urbi et Orbi’ address at the Vatican.
Before a congregation of 100,000 people in St Peter’s Square, Benedict delivered Easter greetings in 65 languages, including Arabic and made specific mention of the turmoil in north Africa
On Libya, he said he hoped diplomacy and dialogue could take the place of arms, and what he called “humanitarian corridors” would open for those suffering the effects of conflict.
The 84-year-old, who is celebrating his sixth Easter as Roman Catholic leader, called on Europe to welcome those fleeing the war zones.
Italy has been issuing permits to refugees allowing them to travel on to other EU countries, causing tensions with France which temporarily shut its border.