Pope to Visit Sri Lanka-

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Colombo, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka at a yet to be determined date, announced the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Colombo, Benedict Joseph.

“The Pope is very interested in visiting the country and we are making arrangements for that to happen. The Archdiocese will soon announce the dates of the tour,” said the clergyman, quoted here by the national radio corporation.

On August, President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited the Pope to Sri Lanka, who responded at a press conference that he would consider including the country on his next tour through Asia.

In his letter, Rajapaksa described the plight of his country during “a traumatic period of brutal terrorism that affected the entire nation” (the war against a separatist movement, ended in May 2009).

He also expressed his government’s commitment to rebuild the lives of Sri Lankans and guarantee “the equity, harmony and economic, social and cultural development” of the country, highlighting the role played by the Catholic Church in this process, particularly in the fields of education, health and social services.

If the Pope visits the country, it will be the third papal visit to Sri Lanka so far, because the country was previously visited by Pablo VI (1970) and Juan Pablo II (1995).

The two states have had diplomatic relations since 1976.

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