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Benedict draws on personal history

To N.Y. crowds, cites Nazi era, calls for unity

Bishops in miters were among the 3,000 people, mostly members of the Roman Catholic clergy, at yesterday's Mass said by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. Bishops in miters were among the 3,000 people, mostly members of the Roman Catholic clergy, at yesterday's Mass said by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
By Michael Paulson and Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / April 20, 2008

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YONKERS, N.Y. - Pope Benedict XVI, nearing the end of his six-day trip to the United States, opened a rare window yesterday evening into his own struggles as a child in Nazi Germany, telling a large rally of seminarians and young Catholics that his difficulties in that era helped him understand the challenges that young people face. (Full article: 1202 words)

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