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In year-end vespers, Pope Francis calls for "moral rebirth" of Rome

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 01:10

Pope Francis presides over vespers prayers and calls for the rebirth of the city of Rome after weeks of corruption scandals. Gavino Garay reports.

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New Year's Eve at the Vatican, where thousands pack into Saint Peter's Basilica to give thanks. It's the traditional year-end Vespers prayers, along with the sounds of the Te Deum hymn in Saint Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis denounces corruption infecting the city of Rome. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "Without a doubt, the serious affairs of corruption in these recent days require serious heart-searching and action for a spiritual and moral rebirth of the city of Rome. As well as a commitment to build a more just and brotherly city, where the poor, the weak and the marginalized are at the center of our actions and daily activities." He was referring to a police investigation that uncovered a network of connections between politicians and criminals in Rome. The Pope delighted the masses after his homily when he paid a visit to the nativity in St. Peter's Square.

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In year-end vespers, Pope Francis calls for "moral rebirth" of Rome

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 01:10