Pilgrims from all over the world gathered in St Peter’s Square in Rome to hear Pope Benedict’s Easter Sunday address.
His failure to comment on the child sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church has become a matter of concern for many worshippers.
Nancy Malone, who travelled from the US to see Pope Benedict said: “I guess they should just address the crisis directly and that they should have a protocol for Catholic priests or Catholic clergy of any sort who may be trapped up in this scandal.”
Critics continue to accuse the Pope of negligence in handling abuse cases. Many of the faithful believe the only way to end the crisis is for the him to accept responsibility.
Colombian pilgrim Gloria Arlitz said: “There is a lot of criticism of the Church and I believe the Pope must speak out, because it is the ministers of the church who seem to be most involved in child abuse. He must take measures and at least take responsibility because this cannot keep happening.
“The church should be the one to show how to respect human rights and the fact that it is seen as the one treading on them is harming all Christians.”