Thousands flock to Vatican to back pope over abuse
Vatican City: Tens of thousands of people have filled St Peter's Square in a massive show of solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI over the clerical sex abuse scandal.
An association of 68 Italian lay groups organised the demonstration, which overflowed out of the piazza. Banners read 'Together with the pope', and 'Don't be afraid, Jesus won out over evil'.
Such large crowds are usually reserved for holiday Masses and canonisations, not for Benedict's brief weekly prayer from his studio window.