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Man scales Vatican scaffolding with banner urging pope to 'Stop Terrorism'

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    Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives to celebrate a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (The Associated Press)

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    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (The Associated Press)

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    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (The Associated Press)

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    Pope Benedict XVI waves from his popemobile as he visits the Nativity St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails. Benedict celebrated New Year's Eve with a vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica to give thanks for 2012 and look ahead to 2013. He looked tired during the service and used a cane afterward — an indication that the busy Christmas season may be taking a toll on the 85-year-old Benedict. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (The Associated Press)

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    Pope Benedict XVI holds the ostensory as he presides a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. 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. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (The Associated Press)

A man has scaled the scaffolding around St. Peter's Square and draped a banner calling on Pope Benedict XVI to "Stop Terrorism."

The man identified himself on the banner as Julian Jungarean, a Romanian who has previously scaled the colonnade around the piazza. Witnesses say uniformed officers were speaking with him from the ground and a nearby roof.

Benedict celebrated New Year's Day Mass earlier Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica and said he was convinced that peace will prevail in 2013 despite the inequality, terrorism and "unregulated financial capitalism" that afflict the world today.

He later appeared at his studio window overlooking the piazza to wish thousands of people below a Happy New Year.

Jungarean's protest didn't appear to cause the pope any disturbance.