Plea for peace marks pope’s Easter sermon

He urges dialogue in Syria, Ukraine, aid for the needy

Posted: April 21, 2014 at 5:01 a.m.

A woman holds a rooster during the Easter religious service at the Pasarea Monastery outside Bucharest, Romania, early Sunday, April 20, 2014. Romanians in rural areas bring farm animals to be blessed in church after the Easter service to protect them from disease in the coming year.(AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

VATICAN CITY — Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria, and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

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