MR writes to the Pope

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Recalling the encouraging words of guidance and counsel given to him, President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a letter to Pope Benedict XVI said he was ‘surprised and saddened’ to learn of the resignation.
 
“I will always remember with great respect the encouraging words of guidance and counsel given to me at the audiences with Your Holiness that helped me in my tasks of governance, during the most trying times in my country,” the President stated.
 
Following is the full statement issued by the office of the Presidential Spokesman & International Media Adviser
 
February 22, 2013 
 
President Rajapaksa Sends Message of Good Wishes to Pope Benedict XVI 
 
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message expressing his gratitude and good wishes to Pope Benedict XVI, following the announcement of the Pope’s resignation. 
 
“I join the prayers of the Catholics of Sri Lanka, and the good wishes of all other people of our country, for your good health and many more years of blessings,” President Rajapaksa said in the message that was delivered yesterday. 
 
President Rajapaksa expressed his gratefulness to Pope Benedict for always being supportive of Sri Lanka. 
 
“The Sri Lankan people will recall with immense gratitude your strong opposition to terrorism that threatened our State, as it continues to endanger other societies and nations too,” President Rajapaksa stated. “The Catholic community in Sri Lanka, both the clergy and laity, were strengthened and inspired by your words to support the cause of peace in our land and the unity of our people.” 
 
Noting that he was “surprised and saddened” to learn of the resignation, President Rajapaksa expressed his personal gratefulness for Pope Benedict’s guidance. 
 
“I will always remember with great respect the encouraging words of guidance and counsel given to me at the audiences with Your Holiness that helped me in my tasks of governance, during the most trying times in my country.”
 
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  • Nirmala Friday, 22 February 2013 08:16 AM

    Did he write this letter on his own?

    Buddhika Friday, 22 February 2013 08:16 AM

    it's not a right time to say when country is facing difficult time on may way. Although pop resigned two weeks ago

    nilu Friday, 22 February 2013 11:48 AM

    Take him as an example, this is what tru leaders are

    ravivararo Friday, 22 February 2013 12:01 PM

    oh pope, have you received any letter from Tamil bishops from North Srilanka. i am scared. pl tell me.

    Arc Friday, 22 February 2013 08:32 AM

    MR should know now, all good things come to an end

    pena Friday, 22 February 2013 08:40 AM

    shame on you for all the lies and boru show !

    Banana Friday, 22 February 2013 09:08 AM

    Trust Sri Lanka's leaders will also set an example as the Pope.

    Mutu Saturday, 23 February 2013 01:11 AM

    I think all Bhuddist priests in parliament should take Pope as an example and resign.

    ANTON Friday, 22 February 2013 12:53 PM

    Did he get the permission from Hela Urumaya.

    YOU AND ME Friday, 22 February 2013 01:03 PM

    pena ! you are right. Write more

    YOU AND ME Friday, 22 February 2013 01:04 PM

    fine

    shan Friday, 22 February 2013 01:10 PM

    By sending letter to Pope, MR is tring to share his crime and shame with him. Free gift from the president of SrI lanka

    lalitha Friday, 22 February 2013 09:37 AM

    the letter must be in the trash b4 its even opened

    Yuri Friday, 22 February 2013 09:36 AM

    He is thinkking to put Pope to Camapign Geneva this Month and Next Month

    raa one Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Bravo! Our president is taking the maximum advantage of all religions. Awsom!!! Keep it up... via DM Android App

    ANTON Saturday, 23 February 2013 02:18 AM

    WELL SAID

    shihan Friday, 22 February 2013 10:25 AM

    Please Sir. Enough of buttering. Now do we need a loan from Italy or any other help

    ravivararo Friday, 22 February 2013 10:32 AM

    In return, Pope who has resigned shall send similar letter to MR after March 13.

    citizen Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    like he wrote it himself this is a gud example for MR via DM Android App

    lint Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Hope you are not planning to visit with your cabinets and your family to spend our people's money. via DM Android App

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 22 February 2013 07:45 AM

    Has he accepted the guidance given and the counselling?


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