Transcript for Pope Benedict's Last Sunday Prayer Service
moments ago, pope benedict made history before he retires on thursday. The vatican is fighting back against the swirl of scandal with the pope's spokesman making extraordinary accusations against the media. Abc's david wright is in rome. Reporter: This was the last time that we'll see him in the window for the pope's weekly appointment with the faithful. Thisme, next week, the papal department will be sealed for his successor. The election, at least the campaign, well under way. It's an election like no other, an absolute monarch, elected by princes who are appointed, the men in red, one of whom will end up wearing white. Palace intrigue. Cardinals have to face many forms of pressure. eporter: NOW THE VATICAN Said that the mia is trying to meddle. Today there is an attempt to do this through public opinion. Reporter: Salacious charges floating in the italian press, but the pope really resigned because of a huge sex and blackmail scandal about to explode. Cardinal timothy dolan said it appears to be a smear campaign. All of the speculation about the why of the pope's resignation, let us take him at his word. Our thanks to david wright reporting in from rome.
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