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Pope Francis, Myanmar political leader Suu Kyi meet

Oct. 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

ROME, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Pope Francis spoke of the need for more love in the world, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar said Monday after meeting with him in Rome.

"The Holy Father told me that emotions such as hatred and fear diminish life and the value of the person. [He said] we need to value love and understanding to improve the lives of people," she said.

The Myanmar political opposition leader met with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who told her Italy supports a transition to democracy in Myanmar from its military-backed government, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Suu Kyi, who previously announced she would run in the 2015 Myanmar presidential election, was detained under house arrest by the government for 15 years as a political prisoner.

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