TUESDAY
February 13, 2001
volume 12, no. 44

Catholic Church in Sri Lanka to launch Month-long Crusade for Peace through Prayer



   SRI LANKA, Feb 12 (MISNA) - The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka have invited the population to unite in prayer for peace. On the night of the 17th of February the bells of all the churches of the Asian nation, devastated by 18 years of civil war between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will ring to mark the beginning of a month of prayer dedicated to peace and reconciliation.

    Monsignor Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar, announced that after the 30 days the statue of Our Lady of Madhu will for the first time lead a procession through the main southern cities and the capital, Colombo. Monsignor Joseph, on return from a visit to the northern zones controlled by the rebels, underlined the difficulties of the local population as a result of the economic embargo decreed by the government.

    The prelate therefore urged Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga to alleviate the measure in face of the serious lack of basic necessities and medical assistance, afflicting mainly the children and elderly. (BO)


February 13, 2001
volume 12, no. 44
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