The head of the Catholic Church is holding Easter Sunday mass at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
Pope Francis has described ongoing armed conflicts around the world during the COVID crisis as “scandalous”, while calling for an end to the “clash of arms” in Syria, Libya and Yemen.
“The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nonetheless – and this is scandalous – armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened,” the head of the Catholic Church said.
“This is today’s scandal,” the Pope reiterated.
He also devoted some time to blast “insidious and horrible” anti-personnel landmines on what is International Awareness Day, saying that the world “would be without these instruments of death”.