Pope hails anti-pedophilia group

Pope Benedict XVI is praising an Italian priest's group which battles pedophilia.
Benedict's encouragement for clergy and lay people to work to prevent sexual and other abuse of children comes after weeks of accusations he and other top churchmen helped perpetuate systematic cover-ups of molester priests worldwide.
The pope told pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he was grateful for those who are supporting his papacy with prayers but made no direct mention of the accusations.
Nor did he mention that many priests and even bishops have been accused of pedophilia or other abuse of minors.
Benedict said he wanted to heal efforts by the Italian church group to safeguard children from violence, exploitation and indifference.