Tibetan Buddhist Leader Becomes Citizen of Rome

The Dalai Lama is now an honorary citizen of Rome.

The Dalai Lama is greeted upon his arrival in Washington, Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. He is in Washington where he will receive the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

ROME (AP) - The Dalai Lama is now an honorary citizen of Rome.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader received the honor during a ceremony
Monday and vowed to pursue nonviolent action "until death."

Rome's mayor pledged his support for the struggle to seek greater autonomy for Tibet and presented the Dalai Lama with a small statue of the she-wolf, a symbol of Rome.

The Dalai Lama has resumed his busy schedule of international travel to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetan struggle after a number of health problems in recent months.

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