Dalai Lama Prays for Peace in Fatima

FATIMA, Portugal, NOV. 28, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited the Fatima shrine Tuesday to take part in a peace meeting of religious leaders.

The Buddhist representative was welcomed by Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva of Leira and Fatima. Together they toured the shrine and basilica, visiting the tombs of two Fatima visionaries, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco.

The Dalai Lama placed a flower at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary in the chapel of the Apparitions, and spoke words of peace to those present.

For his part, the bishop of Leira appealed for a peace process in Afghanistan and remembered the journalists who were killed during the war.