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Dalai Lama disappointed not to meet with Pope

December 10, 2007

Catholic World News

Milan, Dec. 7, 2007 ( - During a visit to Milan this week,
the Dalai Lama has expressed his esteem for the late Pope John Paul II
(bio - news), Italian news media report.

The Dalai Lama said that the late Pontiff was "an extraordinary person.
I miss him a lot." The Tibetan Buddhist leader, who met with Pope John
Paul on 9 different occasions, offered special praise for the late
Pope's courage in the face of illness. "He never lost his determination,
even when he became fragile," he said.

The Dalai Lama also spoke about Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news). He said,
“I have also met the current Pope. He is a very intelligent man…

Last year Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama met in what Vatican
officials carefully described as a private visit. Reports that he would
meet with the Pontiff in a formal audience next week have been disavowed
by the Vatican, and the Tibetan spiritual leader expressed regret for
that fact.

“When I come to Italy, I have a moral obligation to convey my respect
and fraternity to the Pope," the Dalai Lama said. "I regret that we can
not meet.”
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