"This is not a time for continuing to manufacture and deal in arms, spending vast amounts of money that ought to be used to care for others and save lives. Rather, may this be a time for finally ending the long war that has caused such great bloodshed in Syria, the conflict in Yemen and the hostilities in Iraq and in Lebanon," the pope said.
The reduction, if not the forgiveness, of debts can also help poor countries to support their citizens in need, he pointed out.
Pope Francis prayed: "In Venezuela, may He enable concrete and immediate solutions to be reached that can permit international assistance to a population suffering from the grave political, socio-economic and health situation."
"This is not a time for self-centeredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all, without distinguishing between persons," he said.
Pope Francis said that the European Union was facing "an epochal challenge, on which will depend not only its future but that of the whole world." He called for solidarity and innovative solutions, saying that the alternative would risk peaceful coexistence for future generations.
The pope prayed that this Easter season would be a time of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. He asked the Lord to end the sufferings of those who live in eastern Ukraine and the suffering of people facing a humanitarian crisis in Africa and Asia.
The resurrection of Christ is "the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not 'by-pass' suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good: this is the unique hallmark of the power of God," Pope Francis said.