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Talk with Catholic Educators on Pope's D.C. Agenda

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Talk with Catholic Educators on Pope's D.C. Agenda

Talk with Catholic Educators on Pope's D.C. Agenda

Talk with Catholic Educators on Pope's D.C. Agenda

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Tens of thousands of worshippers gathered in Washington's new baseball stadium under a bright blue sky — and tight security — as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in the nation's capital Thursday.

Wearing crimson vestments and a gold miter, Pope Benedict sat at an altar that was constructed in center field. Behind him was a crucifix and a golden curtain that waved gently in the breeze.

In his homily, Pope Benedict repeated his sorrow for the priest sex abuse scandal and said efforts to protect children must continue. Later Thursday, he will address a group of Catholic educators about what it means to be a Catholic institution.

Father Tom Reese, a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, talks with co-host Lynn Neary about what the pope's message will be.