27 March 2016

Pope at Easter recalls victims of 'blind, brutal terrorism'

Pope Francis, center, framed by flowers, walks with his pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 27, 2016.
Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa and elsewhere, as well as expressing dismay that people fleeing war or poverty are being denied welcome as European countries squabble over the refugee crisis.

Tens of thousands of people patiently endured long lines, backpack inspections and metal-detecting checks Sunday to enter St. Peter's Square. Under a brilliant sun, they listened to Francis deliver the traditional noon Easter speech from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.