Zacatecas, Mexico, 16 October 2013 - A short drive through the cobbled streets of the historic town of Zacatecas, which is recognised as a UN World Heritage Site, brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Antiguo Templo de San Agustina. Once a church, the restored building now serves as a venue for art and cultural exhibitions. Today, however, it was the location of an Inter-Religious Dialogue hosted by Monsenor Sigifredo Noriega Barcelo, the Bishop of the State of Zacatecas. As His Holiness arrived a large brass band played on the square and excited school children lined his path to the door, where the Bishop received him and escorted him inside.
In his passionate welcoming address, Monsenor Sigifredo spoke of the malevolence and bad conduct abroad in the world and asked why we don’t organise ourselves for goodness. He mentioned a pledge the Catholic Bishops of Mexico have taken to work for peace and human development. He told His Holiness that everyone in the audience was eager to hear what he had to say about the complex reality we find ourselves in today.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the Inter-Religious Dialogue at Antiguo Templo de San Agustina in Zacatecas, Mexico on October 16, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with members of the press at Antiguo Templo de San Agustina in Zacatecas, Mexico on October 16, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his public talk on The Art of Happiness at the Convention Center in Zacatecas, Mexico on October 16, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|