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Pope calls for an end to bloodshed in Syria in Easter message

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful in St Peter's Square after his Urbi and Orbi blessing (PA photo)

Tens of thousands attend papal Mass in St Peter’s Square

Benedict XVI delivers the Urbi et Orbi message (AP)

Pope says Jesus is ‘the hand God extends to humanity’

Pope prays for those suffering in the Horn of Africa in his Urbi et Orbi address

Benedict XVI tells English-speaking pilgrims: ‘May the joy of the risen Christ be with you all!’

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful as he delivers the Urbi et Orbi message (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Christ is risen, he is alive and he walks with us, says Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI delivers his Urbi et Orbi blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope urges Chinese Catholics to take heart