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Pope Benedict XVI on Friday argued before the United Nations that human rights must be defined as God-given and thus unchanging.
In Thursday homily, the pope asked that the American spirit of hope help heal that pain and urged Catholic Americans toward a renewal of their faith.
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges delegates inside the United Nations' General Assembly Hall on Friday, April 18. (Julie Jacobson: AP)
Watch videos about the Nationals Park mass and other highlights of the pope's trip.
| The spiritual leader of 65 million American Catholics begins a six-day visit to D.C. and New York.
| Meet nine active Catholics, from varying walks of life, as they discuss their faith.
| A photographic profile of Pope Benedict XVI, a German who ascended to the papacy in April 2005.
| One of the most famous vehicles in the world transports the pope to his many destinations.
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| Pope's acts, words remind us what it means to believe in a faith that is both grand and humble.
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