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Dalai Lama promotes unity of faiths

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Though Israeli officials would not meet with him, the Dalai Lama brought together leaders of five faiths in Jerusalem Sunday to promote unity among theologians.

The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader told a conference of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Shintos that a variety of religions were needed to help different peoples heal.The Dalai Lama, who arrived Saturday for a three-day visit, will not be received by any Israeli officials, who said China made it clear that it would be deeply offended by any official reception for the Dalai Lama.

The Buddhist leader said he was not offended. "My visit here is purely spiritual," he said.