Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

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April 6, 2015

Pope Francis waves during Angelus at Vatican

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 6. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians live the joy of the Resurrection when they share a smile with someone, weep with those who mourn and defend the rights of those persecuted for their faith, Pope Francis said.

Reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 6, the pope demanded defense and protection for “our brothers and sisters persecuted, exiled, killed and decapitated just because they are Christians.”

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