Pope Benedict XVI offered a brief exposition of the Catholic understanding of human rights during a May 4 audience with members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, who were completing their 15th plenary session in Rome. The Pope said that human rights
"are inherent in the very nature of man, who is created in the image and likeness of God." Therefore human rights are not created by governments, but find their "origin in the very structure of man's being."
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