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Dalai Lama to visit Pope tomorrow

Pope John Paul II will meet with the Dalai Lama tomorrow, after the Tibetan Buddhist leader indicated his desire to congratulate the Holy Father in person on the 25th anniversary of his election, and to thank him for his work for world peace.

The Dalai Lama is in Rome this week at the invitation of an Italian lawmakers' group.

An important symbol of Tibet's national aspirations, the Dalai Lama has lived in exile since 1950. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

He has met with Pope John Paul on several previous occasions, and has allied himself wholeheartedly with Vatican efforts to promote religious freedom, especially in China and occupied Tibet.

Dalai Lama to visit Pope on Thursday (Catholic World News 25/11/03)

Dalai Lama prays for peace in Fatima (30/11/01)

26 Nov 2003