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13 October, 2006

Dalai Lama meets with Pope Bendict XVI

Reuters online today has published a story with some details of the meeting between the Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI. In part the piece stated:

ROME (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama said after meeting Pope Benedict on Friday that "a few mischievous Muslims" should not be allowed to give the Islamic faith a bad name.

Muslims worldwide were offended by a speech by the Pope last month in which he quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the Prophet Mohammed spread Islam by the sword.

The backlash has been sometimes violent and hardliners declared war on the Pope.

The exiled spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists living under Chinese Communist rule said Benedict and his predecessor John Paul II, who died last year, shared with himself a vocation for "the promotion of religious harmony".

"Nowadays I often express that due to a few mischievous Muslims' acts we should not consider all Muslims as something bad. That is very unfair," the Dalai Lama told a news conference organized by a Rome university hosting him for a seminar.
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Additional reporting appears at The Washington Post, Ansa, Italian, Bloomberg.com Europe, Times of India, Catholic World News. However, the Zenit News Services seems to still be missing coverage of the meeting.


1 comment:

mikem said...

"...a few mischievous Muslims..." ??

My gosh. What a wise man. I guess we can stop whining about "a few Chinese tourists" in Tibet.

I guess it's true what they say. One man's terrorist is another's merry prankster.