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In his Easter message, Pope Francis prays for Ukraine, Syria

(RNS) The Urbi et Orbi (Latin for “to the city and to the world”) message, delivered from the central balcony of the basilica where Pope Francis first appeared after his election a year ago, included a call to end “deadly force” on “defenseless” civilians in Syria, and urgent humanitarian aid for victims of the conflict.

Leaflets ordering Jews in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee.

Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

(RNS) The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”