Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
TRENTO

Dalai Lama hopes to meet pope soon

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Trento, April 11 - The Dalai Lama said Thursday he
hoped to meet Pope Francis soon, reiterating he was an admirer
of the first Latin American pontiff.
"Our meeting has only been postponed," said the exiled
Tibetan spiritual leader who was gearing to meet Francis after
his current trip to the northern Italian region of Alto Adige to
receive a special prize for his efforts to defend the Tibetan
minority in China.
"On this trip I asked if there would be a chance to meet
Pope Francis but it wasn't possible because of his hectic
schedule," the Lama told reporters.
On March 15, two days after the pope was elected, the Dalai
Lama said he was "touched" by former cardinal Jorge Mario
Bergoglio's decision to pick the name of humble, Nature-loving
monk St Francis of Assisi.
Since his election Francis has already established a
reputation for snubbing the pomp of office and reaching out to
the marginalised and other religions, as seen in a recent
pre-Easter ritual when he washed and kissed the feet of
12 juvenile detention centre inmates including a Muslim girl.
The Lama said he was "no expert on Catholic saints" but had
been to Assisi several times for inter-religious gatherings and
was well acquainted with the story of St Francis.
"His discipline, the simplicity of his life and his love for
all creatures are qualities which I find highly inspiring.
"I am really touched to know that is the name chosen by the
Pope," he said on his website.
"I hope I will soon have the honour to meet Francis as I did
his predecessors Benedict and John Paul II, with whom I had
friendly conversations over the last 40 years or so," added the
Lama, who has been living in exile in India since a failed
Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

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