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The Trial Of Pope Benedict XVI

05/27/2010 09:28 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How do you atone for something terrible, like the Inquisition? Joseph Ratzinger attempted to do just that for the Roman Catholic Church during a grandiose display of Vatican penance -- the Day of Pardon on March 12, 2000, a ritual presided over by Pope John Paul II and meant to purify two millenniums of church history.

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