"Don't be afraid, dear young people, if the Lord calls you to the religious, monastic or missionary life," the pope said in a message issued ahead of World Youth Day on March 28.• His Holiness comes under fire
Meanwhile a Brazilian teevee station aired a video showing an 82-year-old prelate having sex with a 19-year-old youth.
Vatican number two Tarcisio Bertone said Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church enjoys "special help from on high."
• Pupils used to exercise naked
• Swiftly defrocked after 30 years
• I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter