Pope Benedict XVI has marked the end of a difficult year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Benedict celebrated New Year's Eve with a vespers service Monday in St. Peter's Basilica to give thanks for 2012.

In his homily, Benedict said it's tough to remember that goodness prevails when bad news — deaths, violence and injustice — "makes more noise than good." He said taking time to meditate in prolonged reflection and prayer can help "find healing from the inevitable wounds of daily life."

This past year was full of highs and lows for the pope, including a successful trip to Mexico and Cuba but also the betrayal of his butler, convicted of stealing Benedict's personal papers and leaking them to a journalist.