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Dalai Lama prays for peace in Fatima

The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited Portugal's Fatima shrine Tuesday to take part in a peace meeting of religious leaders.

He was welcomed by Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva of Leira and Fatima. Together they toured the shrine and basilica, visiting the tombs of two Fatima visionaries, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco.

The Dalai Lama placed a flower at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary in the chapel of the Apparitions, and spoke words of peace to those present.

For his part, the bishop of Leira appealed for a peace process in Afghanistan and remembered the journalists who were killed during the war.