Pope Benedict greeted pilgrims and delivered a prayer from his retreat near Rome Monday, but made no mention of the sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church.
The pope is coming off a busy Easter week clouded by accusations that the Vatican, and he personally, have failed to protect children from abusive priests.
Benedict himself has avoided any mention of the scandal and the allegations of a Vatican cover-up of abuse claims.
In two weeks, the pope will travel to the predominantly Roman Catholic Island of Malta. Some victims who claim to have been sexually abused by priests there want the Pope to use that trip to make a public apology.
Thirty-seven year old Lawrence Grech claims he was abused as a child at a church-run orphanage and is now involved in a lawsuit against three priests.
"He should recognize that these things happened in Malta, reflect about the victims' suffering and issue a formal apology," Grech said.
Catholic officials in Malta said there are currently 84 allegations of child abuse by priests.