VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope
Benedict XVI broke his silence Wednesday over the leaked documents
scandal that has convulsed the Vatican, saying he was saddened by the
betrayal but grateful to those aides who work faithfully and in silence
to help him do his job.
Benedict made his first
direct comments on the scandal in off-the-cuff remarks at the end of his
weekly general audience. He lashed out at some of the media reports
about the scandal, saying the "exaggerated" and "gratuitous" rumors had
offered a false image of the Holy See.
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