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Easter Bells Ring Out At The Vatican

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAUD AND THANKS")

BACH-COLLEGIUM STUTTGART: (Singing in foreign language).

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

On this Easter Sunday, we close our program with celebrations from St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. In his fifth Easter service, Pope Francis condemned a deadly bombing in Syria on Saturday, which killed over 100 people. This isn't the first time the pope has called for peace and pointed to the suffering of refugees and those living in war-torn countries during Holy Week services. In Egypt today, the Coptic church canceled traditional Easter celebrations in mourning for the dead killed in a suicide bombing there a week ago. Pope Francis urged world leaders to find the courage to hear a message of justice and peace.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAUD AND THANKS")

BACH-COLLEGIUM STUTTGART: (Singing in foreign language). Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.