VATICAN (QHA) -

Pope Francis recalled Ukraine among the countries suffering from military conflicts in his Easter message, Radio Vatican reports.

"May the Good Shepherd help Ukraine, which is still tormented by a bloody conflict, in gaining peace; Yes, He guides the endeavours, designed to alleviate the tragic state of those who suffer from its consequences,” the message of the Pontiff says.

Also, the Pope mentioned Syria, the Middle East, Southern Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conflicts continue for various reasons.

“In the difficult and sometimes dramatic situations of peoples, let the Risen Lord lead the way of those who strive for justice and peace; Let the leaders of the states be granted courage to prevent the spread of conflicts and stop the trade in weapons.”

Reportedly, before reading out the message, the Pope held the Mass in St. Peter's Square. The Gospel was read in Latin and Greek.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Ukrainian people on Easter, remembering the dead heroes, as well as those who continue to defend Ukraine today.​

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