Pope appeals on behalf of Sri Lanka
Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI commenting on the current situation in
Sri Lanka called upon the international community to strive to meet the
humanitarian and economic needs of Sri Lanka.
"We note with satisfaction the efforts being made by the authorities
over recent weeks, to facilitate the return home of people displaced by
the war" I strongly encourage an acceleration in this process and ask
all citizens to work towards rapid pacification in full respect for
"Work towards a just political solution to the challenges still
facing the country," he said in his appeal made after an inter-religious
delegation from Sri Lanka had an audience with him last week.
"I trust, moreover, that the international community will strive to
meet the humanitarian and economic needs of Sri Lanka and I raise my
prayers to Our Lady of Madhu, that she may continue to watch over that
beloved land," the Holy Father said.
The delegation comprised Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya Chief
incumbent and Sri Jayawardenapura University Chancellor Most Ven.
Bellanwila Wimalaratna Nayaka Thera, His Grace the Archbishop Most Rev.
Dr. Malcolm Ranjith, Vidyalankara Pirivena Chief Incumbent and
Sabaragamuwa University Chancellor Most Ven. Prof. Kumburugamuwe Vajira
Nayake Thera, Ihsaniyyah Arabic College Director General and
Coordinating Secretary to the President on Muslim Religious Affairs
Mohamed Niyaz Moulavi, Hindu Community Chief Priest and Advisor on Hindu
Affairs to the Ministry of Education Most Rev. Brahma Sri Kuhananda
Sharma, and Caritas Sri Lanka Director Very Rev. Fr. Damian Fernando the
Courtesy: Vatican Information News