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Prayers at a time of adversity
Pope Benedict conducts the Pentecostal mass at St. Peter's Basilica Sunday at a time when the Vatican is facing its own challenges.
Earlier in the week Vatican magistrates formally charged the Pope's butler with illegal possession of secret documents. The butler, is suspected of leaking highly sensitive documents, some alleging cronyism and corruption in Vatican contracts, in a scandal which has come to be known as "Vatileaks".
The Pope is said to be "pained" that someone in his domestic household had betrayed him
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE BENEDICT, SAYING:
"Dear friends, we must live by the spirit of unity and truth, and for this we must pray for the spirit to enlighten and guide us to follow our truth, and to accept the truth of Christ transmitted in the Church."
The scandal involves the leaking of a string of documents to Italian media in January and February, including personal letters to the pope.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters