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April 4th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

Cardinal: Faithful not influenced by 'gossip'

In a rare move, a senior cardinal spoke before the pope's Easter Mass address at the Vatican on Sunday, saying the pontiff maintains the support of Catholics around the world "who do not let themselves be influenced by the gossip."

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, former Vatican secretary of state and the dean of the College of Cardinals, did not specifically mention the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church in recent months. But his remarks clearly referred to those who have criticized Catholic leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI himself, for not having done much more during his years as a top official.

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