He spoke also about the difficult situation in Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.
He also greeted the "Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution".
"In this world, hope can not avoid confronting the harshness of evil", he said. "But if Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world. Then he, Jesus, is someone in whom we can put absolute trust; we can put our trust not only in his message but in Jesus himself", he added.
According the Pope, "Christ is hope and comfort in a particular way for those .