Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

December 12, 2014 1:49 PM

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Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See's already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said on Friday.

The request was declined "for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation" with China, a Vatican spokesman said. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, understood the situation, he added.

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