Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2012 by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness will still prevail.
The Pontiff celebrated New Year's Eve through a Vespers service in Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
In his homily, the Pope said Catholics should find time to meditate and reflect adding that prayer can help find healing from "inevitable wounds of daily life."
He also said the past year was full of highs and lows for the Pope, including a successful trip to Mexico and Cuba.
He was also hounded by the controversial betrayal of his butler who was convicted in October of stealing the Pope's personal documents and leaking these to a journalist.
"Let us say that despite all the problems, goodness exists in the world. And this goodness is going to win thanks to God, the God of Jesus Christ, incarnated, died and resurrected," the Pope said in his homily on Dec. 31.
"Certainly, sometimes it is difficult to grasp this profound reality because evil makes more noise then goodness. A brutal killing, a tremendous injustice, these make the news, while on the other hand, actions of love and daily efforts, made with fidelity and patience, stay in the shade," he continued.
On Tuesday morning, the Pope will celebrate a New Year's Day mass. -- ANC