Pope's Holy Thursday Mass dedicated to priests as clergy scandals rock church

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Posted on April 1, 2010 at 5:33 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — With the Catholic church buffeted by clergy scandals, Pope Benedict has dedicated his Holy Thursday Mass to the priesthood.

Benedict urged priests to oppose violence, while making no mention of the sex abuse scandals.

The Vatican described the Mass as a sign of strict union between Benedict and his fellow clergy.

Abuse victims have been demanding that Benedict take responsibility for what they say were decades of systematic cover-ups by church hierarchy of clergy abuse.

He'll continue Holy Week events tonight by washing the feet of a dozen priests -- a traditional sign of humility.

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This is sound from Pope Benedict XVI's Holy Thursday mass

This is sound from Pope Benedict XVI's Holy Thursday mass.

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This is Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Holy Thursday mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

This is Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Holy Thursday mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

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: Pope Benedict XVI holds up the Holy Gospel as he celebrates a Chrism Mass, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 1, 2010. Benedict XVI urged priests to oppose violence as he led a ceremony dedicated to the priesthood Thursday, marking a Holy Week with his church buffeted by clergy sex abuse scandals. The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Easter celebrations.

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