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Australian PM preaches hope, love, forgiveness in Easter message

02/04/2021 02:49 PM

CANBERRA, April 2 -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison preaches hope, love and forgiveness in his Easter message, Xinhua news agency reported.

In the PM's annual Easter message, Morrison said on Friday that people would come together to celebrate the holiday "in a way they haven't been able to do over the past year."

"The past year has been a tough one, and I particularly want to thank Australians for the great spirit that they've shown to each other," he said in a video posted on social media.

"And we're especially mindful this Easter of those Australians who've been so devastated by these recent floods.

"It's our capacity to love our neighbour as ourselves that I think has really demonstrated the great Aussie spirit of mateship over this past year."

Brisbane's snap lockdown that was introduced to suppress an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community ended on Thursday.

It means that all of Australia is free from lockdowns in time for the Easter holiday, though limits on gathering sizes differ between states and territories and some borders remain closed to travellers from Brisbane.

"Easter is a very special time where people and families are coming together right across our country, and for many in a way they haven't been able to do over the past year," Morrison said.

"Easter is also a very special time and a sacred time for those who share the Christian faith," he said. "Christians everywhere, our family included, will draw great strength and heart from the Easter message, a message of hope, of love, and forgiveness."




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