The world is wounded by selfishness and greed for quick profits that threaten peace, human life and the family, the catholic church leader told an estimated 250,000 faithful in st. Peter’s square in rome on sunday. Francis called for world peace and a new spirit of reconciliation and harmony with creation. He also made expressive remarks about the conflict on the korean peninsula, where north korea is challenging the world with war rhetoric.
The argentinean then gave the traditional blessing "urbi et orbi" – to the city and the district of berlin. The ceremony was attended by millions of TV viewers in addition to the people in st. Peter’s square. Once again, francis, who was elected just over two weeks ago, set new accents: he dispensed with the usual brief easter greetings to the faithful in dozens of languages and wished the crowd a happy easter only in italian.