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Pope on Easter laments world conflicts, bolstering of military arsenals amid pandemic

"The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor," the Pope said.

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Pope Francis on Easter on April 4, 2021
Pope Francis on Easter on April 4, 2021
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Updated: April 4, 2021 - 4:44pm

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During the second Easter amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Roman Catholic Pope Francis lamented world conflicts and the bolstering of military arsenals. 

"The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nonetheless – and this is scandalous – armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened," he said, according to Reuters.

Francis also called for getting COVID-19 vaccines to people, particularly those in the poorest nations.

"I urge the entire international community, in a spirit of global responsibility, to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries," the pope said, according to the outlet.