April 20 - Celebrating Easter, Pope Francis calls for end to wastefulness that causes world hunger, as hard-hit Greeks celebrate Easter with their traditional feast. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The faithful gather in St. Peter's Square to mark Easter, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar.
Easter commemorates the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion and the Church sees it as a symbol of hope, peace and reconciliation among peoples and nations.
Pope Francis focuses on the poor.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING:
"Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible."
In England the Archbishop of Canterbury uses his Easter sermon to highlight the plight of people living in war zones, and those in Britain facing economic problems.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY MOST REV JUSTIN WELBY, SAYING:
"In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands, in the Ukraine neighbors cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. In Rwanda tears are still shed each day as the horror of genocide is remembered. In this country, even as the economy improves, there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks or frightened by debt."
In debt strapped Greece the Easter spirit is in full force. Lambs is on the spits, and Easter eggs adorn tables.
(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) LOCAL RESIDENT ELENI MANOLAKAKI, AGED 69, SAYING:
"We are waiting for the rest of family to show up to celebrate. We will celebrate just like everybody else today. Of course, the economic crisis has affected us just like everybody else, but because today is a special day, I went, I spent 54 euros for the half lamb, and I will cook it. Because that's how it should be, right?"
With unemployment still topping 25 percent in Greece, Easter is a reminder of better times and better times to come.
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