Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed
international demands to end the bloodshed and expressed hope that the
joy of Easter will comfort Christian communities suffering because of
Benedict, struggling with hoarseness and looking tired, celebrated Mass
on Christianity's most joyous holy day on the flower-adorned steps of
St. Peter's Basilica, before a crowd of faithful that swelled to far
over 100,000 by the end of the 2-hour-long ceremony.
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