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Dalai Lama Will Meet with Pope John Paul During a Visit to Italy Later This Month - 2003-11-19

Spokesmen for the Dalai Lama say the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader will meet with Pope John Paul during a visit to Italy from November 25 to 28.

The meeting will reportedly take place on November 27th, at a site yet to be announced. The Dalai Lama and Pope have held meetings before, most recently in 1999,the Interreligious Assembly.

While in Italy, the Dalai Lama plans to attend a conference of Nobel laureates organized by the Gorbochev Foundation who will discuss the role of ethics in politics and economics.

Spokesmen say the Tibetan leader will also give a speech in Rome on November 26th, and will meet with Italian lawmakers who have formed a parliamentary group dedicated to Tibet.