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    Pope Francis Prays for Syria, Koreas

    Pope Francis salutes cardinals after the Easter celebrations on St Peter's square on March 31, 2013 at the Vatican. Easter Sunday celebrates the Christian belief in Jesus's death and resurrection and is marked around the world, often with a variety of not strictly religious local traditions like painted eggs or Easter Bunnies. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO,VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Even though Pope Francis canceled that newspaper subscription back in Buenos Aires, it looks like he is still paying attention to the news. In his first Easter message, Pope Francis prayed for a “political solution” in Syria, “reconciliation” between North and South Korea, and hostages being held in Nigeria. Speaking in front of some 250,000 pilgrims at the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered the annual “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to Rome. But, breaking with church tradition, he also urged Catholics to reach out to nonbelievers and lapsed Catholics, urging them to “step forward” to God. Easter is the holiest day on the Christian calendar, honoring the day that Jesus returned from the dead.

    In Easter message.
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