"I renew my Easter greetings to all and I sincerely thank those who in various ways have sent me messages of closeness and prayer. May the gift of peace from the Risen Lord reach these people, families and communities and I would like this gift of peace to reach where it is needed most, to populations exhausted by war, hunger and every form of oppression". Thus, Pope Francis who today, Easter Monday, looked out of the study window in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to recite the Regina Coeli with the faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. 

"Sharing joy - he said - is a wonderful experience, which we learn from an early age: think of a boy who gets a good grade at school and can't wait to show it to his parents, or a young person who achieves his first successes sportsmen, or to a family in which a child is born. Let each of us try to remember a moment so happy that it was even difficult to express it in words, but which we wanted to tell everyone about immediately! Here, the women, on Easter morning, they live this experience, but in a much bigger way. Why? Because the resurrection of Jesus is not just wonderful news or the happy ending of a story, but something that changes our lives completely and forever! It is the victory of life over death, of hope over despondency. Jesus has pierced the darkness of the tomb and lives forever: his presence can fill anything with light. With Him every day becomes the stage of an eternal journey, every "today" can hope for a "tomorrow", every end in a new beginning, every moment is projected beyond the limits of time, towards eternity".