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Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, center, and the bishop of Milan, Angelo Scola, right, attend a concert at La Scala theater in Milan, Italy, Friday, June 1, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI greeted the faithful in the square outside Milan's cathedral after his arrival Friday afternoon for the seventh World Encounter of Families, a welcome pastoral respite from an embarrassing and damaging leaks scandal at the Vatican that has engulfed the pontiff's personal butler. Then, a concert at the nearby La Scala theater will be followed by a private prayer inside the cathedral with a special focus on the victims of the twin temblors that rocked the Emilia-Romagna region last month. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, Pool)

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