We welcome the visit to New Orleans by the Dalai Lama, the revered religious leader of many Buddhists around the world. He is perhaps the most high-profile religious leader to visit Louisiana since the late John Paul II visited New Orleans in 1987.

The Dalai Lama’s visit, like the visit by the legendary pontiff a generation ago, promises to resonate far beyond the ranks of the devout.

The Dalai Lama’s stature as a world leader gives him prominence in the secular world as well.

His nonviolent resistance to the longstanding Chinese occupation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama’s homeland, has made him a global hero in the struggle for human rights.

The Dalai Lama’s message of peace should be especially welcome in New Orleans right now in the aftermath of a Mother’s Day shooting that injured 19 people.

We wish the Dalai Lama a successful visit to Louisiana, and we hope his presence here serves as an inspiration to area residents.