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Monday, November 03, 2014 - 5.09 GMT
Government finalizing arrangements for Pope's visit to island


The government is currently in the process of making all the necessary arrangements for the visit of Pope Francis I to the island.

The visit is taking place following an invitation extended to the Pope by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The President last year has written to Pope Francis I extending an invitation to visit Sri Lanka.

Last month, the President and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa travelled to the Vatican where they received an audience with the Pope and personally extended the invitation to visit the island.

The Vatican in July this year confirmed that Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Sri Lanka from 12 to 15 January.

Under the guidance of President Rajapaksa, the Government is taking all necessary measures to facilitate a successful visit of Pope Francis, the Communiqué said.

Toward this end, all relevant ministries are working together with officials from the Vatican and the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka to finalize the arrangements for the visit.

The government is confident that the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka will be a success.





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