Pope urges end to Syrian bloodshed

Pope Benedict XVI, arrive at the altar to celebrate the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating Easter Sunday Mass in sun-drenched, flower-adorned St. Peter's Square, before tens of thousands of people. Easter is Christianity's most joyous day. Faithful celebrate their belief that Christ rose from the dead. At the end of Easter Mass, Benedict will go to the central balcony of the basilica to deliver a speech. Benedict, who turns 85 on April 16, was wrapping up stamina-taxing Holy Week ceremonies that drew huge crowds to Rome. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)Pope Benedict XVI in his Easter Sunday message has urged the Syrian regime to heed international calls to end bloodshed and commit to dialogue.

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