Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope

Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful during the "Urbi et Orbi" ( to the city and the World) message at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

April 4, 2010 4:07:27 PM PDT
Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, the Catholic church's most joyous celebration, began with a senior cardinal defending Pope Benedict XVI from what he called "petty gossip" and hailing him for "unfailing" leadership and courage.