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Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith today requested the government and the health authorities to allow all places of worship to resume religious observances with the participation of the public.

“I am not requesting the government to accord special treatment to the Catholic Church but to allow all places of worship to begin religious observances with the participation of the public,” Cardinal Ranjith said making a special appeal at the end of the Sunday service he held at Grand Street Church Negombo this morning.

He said he had already made an official request to the government.

“I am also making this request as many activities in Sri Lanka had come back to normal after the long lockdown since the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added, while assuring that all churches will follow social distancing and health practices if the Sunday services are allowed.

He reminded the authorities that the Catholic Church heeded to the request made by the government to stop Sunday services and to close down all churches with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

“We appeal to the authorities to allow places of religious worship to start observances even with limited participation,” he said.

It was reported earlier that churches have been allowed to hold wedding services limiting the number of guests to 100 and with hygiene practices such as wearing face masks and sanitisation.

Some churches also conducted Sunday School classes via Zoom during the past two weeks.(Yohan Perera)


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  • ara Monday, 08 June 2020 10:26 AM

    I don't know why such a hurry. Any way people can go and pray in churches. having mass could be risky.

    munas Monday, 08 June 2020 02:47 PM

    churches can have weddings but the couple shoud not have intercourse we are sri-lankans

    Sinna Monday, 08 June 2020 11:25 PM

    Hear I like to bring to your Eminence 's notice that,swords found immediately after Easter massacre also must be a very important branch of this investigation, who ordered, who received,from where they imported, to whom they distributed and many more

    Joshua Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:58 AM

    It is obvious that Govt can't gove special treatment for Catholic Churches. Do not say the obvious and show colours


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