Agence France Presse
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will meet Pope John Paul II
on November 27 during a visit to Italy, his spokesman Tenzin Taklha said.
The Tibetan leader said on a recent visit to Prague that he hoped to meet
soon with the Polish-born pope, explaining: "Both of us have experience with
atheist and totalitarian regimes."
The Dalai Lama last met the Pope in October 1999, when 20 religious leaders
issued a joint call against the use of religion in fuelling violence.
The Dalai Lama will be in Italy from November 25 to 28 and will also meet
with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, during a
conference of Nobel laureates on the role of ethics in politics and
economics, Taklha said.
Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, a year after the Dalai Lama won
the prestigious award for his non-violent opposition to Chinese rule in
The Dalai Lama will also deliver a public talk in Rome on November 26 and
meet with Italian MPs who have formed a parliamentary group dedicated to
The 68-year-old Buddhist monk has lived in exile in India since 1959 when he
fled a failed uprising in Lhasa.
It will be the Dalai Lama's 18th visit to Italy.