Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pope Francis gives Sri Lanka its first Catholic saint

Pope Francis gives Sri Lanka its first Catholic saint

 Pope Francis will give Sri Lanka its first Catholic saint on Wednesday, ending a 300-year campaign to recognise the sanctity of an Indian-born missionary who was captured as a suspected spy after he crept into the tropical island in disguise. Joseph Vaz was born in …

I have looked forward to this visit to Sri Lanka

I have looked forward to this visit to Sri Lanka

“ I have looked forward to this visit to Sri Lanka and these days which we will spend together.  Sri Lanka is known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean for its natural beauty.  Even more importantly, this island is known for the warmth of …

There are still real challenges in Sri Lanka,

There are still real challenges in Sri Lanka,

US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry said  that there are “still real challenges” in Sri Lanka and called on the newly led government to begin addressing issues such as human rights immediately. He said this answering a question  from Pam Dockins of Voice Of  America …

Won’t let ISI use Lanka for anti-India operations: Sarath Fonseka

Won’t let ISI use Lanka for anti-India operations: Sarath Fonseka

Tipped to be the new defence minister in the Sirisena cabinet, former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka said the new regime will never allow the Pakistani spy agency ISI to use Lankan soil to mount attacks on southern India. In an exclusive and wide …

All members of society must work together; all must have a voice

All members of society must work together; all must have a voice

Pope Francis urged respect for human rights in Sri Lanka as he began a two-nation Asia tour on the island Tuesday, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a long civil war. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on  at the start of a weeklong …

Mangala Samaraweera to visit India

Mangala Samaraweera to visit India

Sri Lankan foreign minister MangalaSamaraweera will visit India on January 18 in what will be the first high level exchange between the 2 countries since the new government in the island nation took over. Samaraweera decided to make India his first port of call after …

Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka

Visiting Pope Francis was given a traditional welcome in Sri Lanka on Tuesday as thousands lined the streets. The pope arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport, 23 kilometres north of the capital, where he was welcomed by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil …

Church in Sri Lanka’s warzone awaits first papal visit

Church in Sri Lanka’s warzone awaits first papal visit

A small church nestled in the Sri Lankan jungle, seen as a beacon of harmony in a country with a dark history of conflict, is preparing for a visit from Pope Francis who will bring his own message of peace. Our Lady of Madhu church, …

Groundswell Chooses Democracy in Sri Lanka

Groundswell Chooses Democracy in Sri Lanka

Across the great Eurasian plate these days, from Belarus to Beijing, one can find leaders dispensing with truly competitive politics. But traverse the Himalayas to South Asia and the climate is different: Democracy is on a winning streak. Over the last two years, virtually the …

Transition Of Power Maybe Not So Peaceful After All

Transition Of Power Maybe Not So Peaceful After All

Sri Lanka’s new government on Sunday accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of having tried to stage a military coup to remain in power following Thursday’s presidential polls, which saw his chief rival and former minister Maithripala Sirisena elected president. Mangala Samaraweera, a top aide of …