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VATICAN CITY One day after his formal installation, Pope Benedict the 16th has a meeting today with religious leaders at the Vatican.

He is also seeing many of the estimated 100-thousand people from his homeland of Germany who journeyed to Rome to see the ceremony.

Benedict has a reputation for leading Vatican crackdowns on dissidents. But he said in his homily Sunday he wanted to shape his papacy by being a "listener" and not set off by imposing his own ideas.

He also noted "a great shared spiritual heritage" with Jews, whom he called "brothers and sisters."

Benedict's effort to reach out to Jews carries an added dimension because of his membership in the Hitler Youth and later as a German army conscript during World War Two. He says he was forced into participating.

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