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As Tuesday marks one year since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, his father, Tracy Martin, and family attorney Benjamin Crump.
Sybrina Fulton shared with host Piers Morgan how she planned to commemorate her son's life and death on Tuesday with "a candlelight ceremony here in New York."
"We also did a benefit dinner to help our foundation, so that we can try to do some of the things that we need to do so that we can make sure that no other parents have to go through what we have gone through in the last year," said Sybrina Fulton.
During the interview, Tracy Martin expressed his anger over "the senseless gun violence that's been happening since our son's tragic loss."
It's time for America to take a look at our gun laws," said Tracy Martin. "Take a look at the people that are purchasing guns, people that they are giving gun licenses to, because it's just too much senseless violence, just overwhelming the homes right now."
"We as parents certainly feel the pain for the children and the parents from Sandy Hook, the parents of the children that are being killed in Chicago, and parents that are dealing with loss all over this country. We certainly empathize with them."
Also on the program, Episcopal priest Fr. Albert Cutié and Jesuit priest Fr. Thomas Reese joined Morgan to discuss the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI amid scandal including the resignation of Britain's top Catholic archbishop and reports in the Italian press about the alleged blackmail of gay priests by male prostitutes in Rome.
In regards to why Pope Benedict submitted his resignation, Cutié surmised, "Many of the things we have been seeing in the church in the last several years and especially coming out of the Vatican have a lot to do with why the pope is stepping down."
"And honestly, we're never going to know 100 percent the reason. I can't judge the pope. Only the pope and god really know why he is stepping down."
Reese in turn, responded to the reports of church scandal noting that "the Italian press is like the blogosphere. Sometimes they get it right. Often they don't get it right."
"They don't have the kind of journalistic particular standards that are recognized and observed in the United States and Canada and Great Britain," explained Reese. "We have to take what is said in the Italian press with a grain of salt."
Watch the clips and listen to the interviews as Reese explains why the the Italian press "is more opera than news reporting."
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