The church has been marred by hundreds of revelations of priestly abuse.
Austria`s cardinal has said the former second-highest Vatican official blocked a probe into a sex abuse scandal.
The former Vatican No 2, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, has assumed the lead role in praising the pope for his handling of clerical sex abuse and defending him against "unjust attacks" in the media.
Day in Pics: 1st February
Showbiz World - February 1, 2015
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