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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, 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.