Pope Benedict XVI delivered Easter Sunday Mass, saying it was a time of pardon, goodness and truth. He made mention of the Christians in Pakistan and others facing religious persecution. He also denounced violence from drug trafficking, and offered kind words to the victims of natural disasters in Haiti and Chile. Otherwise, he did not mention anything about the scandals surrounding himself and the Catholic Church over sex abuse allegations and cover-up. But in a tribute to the Pope at the Mass, Cardinal Angelo Sodano defended the leader as unfailing and courageous, and denounced all the “petty gossip.”
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