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Wire Service: Reuters
On April 3, 2005 Reuters reported, "The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday spoke of his admiration for Pope John Paul and of their shared experience of dealing with communist rule. 'Right from the start of our friendship he revealed to me privately that he had a clear understanding of the Tibetan problem because of his own experience of communism in Poland. This gave me great personal encouragement,' the Dalai Lama said in a statement. 'His Holiness Pope John Paul II was a determined and deeply spiritual minded person for whom I had great respect and admiration. His experience in Poland, then a communist country, and my own difficulties with communists, gave us an immediate common ground,' the Nobel laureate said."