- Russell Pollitt
Social media was abuzz on Friday when news broke that the Vatican would not be granting the Dalai Lama a meeting with Pope Francis in Rome. The Dalai Lama is in the Italian capital for a gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates: the gathering was originally meant to take place in Cape Town in October 2014 to celebrate the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. Is Pope Francis, like the South African government, also in the pocket of the Chinese authorities? By RUSSELL POLLITT.