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Cardinal defends ‘unfailing’ Pope, denounces ‘petty gossip’

Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 18:38

A leading cardinal, making an unusual address in defence of Pope Benedict at the start of Easter Sunday Mass, said the Church would not be intimidated by "petty gossip" about sexual abuse of children by priests.

Pope sees Easter as time of pardon and truth

Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 16:23

Pope Benedict XVI has said Easter brings a message of pardon, goodness and truth to a suffering world but he has made no mention of the clergy abuse cover-up scandals that are buffeting him and his church.