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Dalai Lama congratulates Pope Francis

The Dalai Lama has congratulated Jorge Bergoglio after the Argentine was elected as the new Pope.

In a statement, the Tibetan spiritual leader said: "May I offer you my greetings and sense of joy on your historic election as the Pope.”

He added: "Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there.

"His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy.”