In this year’s Urbi et Orbi message, the Holy Father called for Easter to signal “the victory of peaceful coexistence and respect for the common good”. Pope Benedict prayed for an end to violence in the Middle East, a ‘new hope’ for the people of Haiti just months after the earthquake that devastated the country, an end to the conflicts in Africa and prayed for the Risen Lord to sustain the Christians who suffer persecution and even death for their faith.
What does Urbi et Orbi mean? Translated, it’s “for the city and for the world” and is a papal address and Apostolic Blessing not only for the city of Rome but for the entire world. The blessing is given at Christmas and Easter and is broadcast throughout the world by the European Broadcasting Union.
With thanks to Vatican Radio.