Bodhgaya, Bihar, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to the Apostolic Nunciature in New Delhi to express his sadness on learning of the passing away of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
“I pray for our spiritual brother,” he wrote, “and offer my condolences to the members of the Catholic Church.
“When I had the opportunity to meet Pope Benedict I found there was much we agreed about in relation to human values, religious harmony and the environment. During his papacy, he worked hard to promote these issues. He lived a meaningful life.
“I have been engaged in dialogue with members of the Catholic community for several decades and have learnt much about their experience. I believe these exchanges have contributed to a better religious understanding between us.
“At a time when we are seeing tension in several parts of the world, we can take a lesson from the life of Pope Benedict and do what we can to contribute to religious harmony and global peace.”