Pope on Easter: Only mercy can save the world

March 27, 2016 11:21 AM

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ROME — In a poignant Easter address, Pope Francis denounced brutal crimes and war — the “spiritual and moral abysses of mankind” that provoke hatred and death — and proclaimed that only God’s mercy can save the world.

The Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi address, “to the city and the world,” is normally used by popes to offer a review of the global situation, and Francis held to form, ticking off a series of challenges to peace and stability: From the conflict in Syria and terrorism across Europe and the Middle East, t...

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