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Pope's traditional Easter message

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The Pope has delivered his traditional Easter blessing to a packed St Peter’s Square in Rome.

There was no mention of the sex scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church but there was an important change of protocol ahead of the Pope’s address.

The Easter Sunday Mass began with a leading cardinal saying the Church would not be intimidated by what he called “petty gossip” about priests.

The surprise speech by Cardinal Angelo Sodano is believed to be the first time in recent memory that the ritual of an Easter Sunday Mass has been altered to allow someone to address the pope at the start.