He said the Government has also been urged to ensure there is no election or election related propaganda held in Sri Lanka during the time the Pope is in the country.
The Sri Lanka Catholic Church today formally announced the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka in January next year.
The official logo of the Pope’s Sri Lanka visit was also launched today while the theme for the visit, titled ‘Abide in Love’ was also announced.
Speaking to the media at the event, Cardinal Ranjith said that the Pope will arrive in Sri Lanka on January 13 next year and will be accorded a State welcome at the Katunayake airport.pope logo
The Pope will later be driven in an open vehicle from Negombo to Colombo for the public to greet him and that evening he will pay a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A special stamp is to be issued by the President to mark the occasion of the Pope’s Sri Lanka visit.
Pope Francis will meet multi-religious leaders at the BMICH that evening and the next day (January 14) he will hold a mass at Galle Face green, during which the Blessed Joseph Vaz will also be made a Saint.
On the evening of January 14, the Pope will visit Madhu and will meet Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph and also attend a special mass at the historic Madhu church.
Cardinal Ranjith meanwhile said that the Pope will not travel in a special vehicle from the Vatican usually used by past Popes for security reasons, as he prefers to feel close with the people