Pope Francis called for peace in Libya, Syria and various other countries during his Easter speech from St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on Sunday.

"May weapons stop bloodying Libya," said the Pope while touching down on the crisis in the North African country. "I urge the interested parts to choose dialogue over oppression, avoiding the reopening of the wounds of a decade of conflict and political instability."

Regarding Syria, Pope Francis called for a "renewed commitment for a political solution" and for a secure re-entry of displaced people.

Commenting on the explosions which killed over 160 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday, the pontiff expressed "affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence."

Pope Francis also commented on Yemen, Venezuela and Ukraine, among other countries.

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