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Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of the meeting March 25 with the youth of Rome and Italy's Lazio region in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The ever-growing number of reports of abusive priests has left the church reeling. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Remains Silent On Abuse Case In Germany

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Greek taxi drivers shout slogans during a protest against proposed tax reforms in Athens, March 18, 2010. Greece's government has pledged to force all Greeks to declare their full income, which includes measures that would force taxi drivers to issue receipts. hide caption

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Greece's Bottom Line: Too Many Tax Cheats

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Protesters demonstrate against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church at the beginning of the German bishops' conference in Freiburg on Feb. 22. Winfried Rothermel/AP hide caption

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Communist rule in Romania ended in 1989 when a bloody revolt removed Nicolae Ceausescu (shown here delivering a speech in Bucharest in 1967) from power. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Dissident writer and opposition leader Vaclav Havel addresses the crowd at a rally in Prague celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declarations of the Human Rights, Dec. 10, 1988. Havel was elected the first president of Czechoslovakia after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Joel Robine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Polish woman flashes the victory sign near the destroyed remains of a replica of the Berlin Wall in central Warsaw as a part of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Nov. 9, 2009. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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