Pope Francis greeted the faithful before the recitation of Regina Coeli on the Second Sunday of Easter(Divine Mercy Sunday). Addressing the faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he said:
Dear brothers and sisters,
Before the final blessing, we turn in prayer to our heavenly Mother. But first of all I would like to thank all those of you who have participated in this celebration, in particular the Missionaries of Mercy, gathered for their meeting. Thank you for your service!
I offer my warmest wishes to our brothers and sisters of the Oriental Churches who today, following to the Julian calendar, celebrate the Solemnity of Easter. May the Risen Lord fill them with light and peace, and console the communities who live in particularly difficult situations.
I give a special greeting to the Roma and Sinti present here today, on the occasion of the International Day, the Romanò Dives. I wish peace and brotherhood to the members of these ancient peoples, and hope that this day may favour a culture of encounter, with the good will to get to know each other and mutually respect each other.
This is the road that leads to a true integration. Dear Roma and Sinti, pray for me and let us pray together for your Syrian refugee brothers.
I greet all the other pilgrims here today, the parish groups, families, and associations; and together let us shelter under the mantle of Mary, Mother of Mercy.