Pope Francis presides over vespers prayers and calls for the rebirth of the city of Rome after weeks of corruption scandals. Gavino Garay reports.
New Year's Eve at the Vatican, where thousands pack into Saint Peter's Basilica to give thanks. It's the traditional year-end Vespers prayers, along with the sounds of the Te Deum hymn in Saint Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis denounces corruption infecting the city of Rome. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "Without a doubt, the serious affairs of corruption in these recent days require serious heart-searching and action for a spiritual and moral rebirth of the city of Rome. As well as a commitment to build a more just and brotherly city, where the poor, the weak and the marginalized are at the center of our actions and daily activities." He was referring to a police investigation that uncovered a network of connections between politicians and criminals in Rome. The Pope delighted the masses after his homily when he paid a visit to the nativity in St. Peter's Square.