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Most Rev Dr Malcolm Ranjith was formally elevated to the status of Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI at the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican a short while ago. Pope Benedict XVI formally elevated 24 new cardinals in the midst of cheers in St. Peter's Basilica.
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Sri Lanka's newly appointed Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, gets his biretta, the square red hat symbolising the blood of the martyrs, from Pope Benedict XVI on November 20, 2010 during a consistory at St Peter's basilica at The Vatican. 24 Roman Catholic prelates join today the Vatican's College of Cardinals, the elite body that advises the pontiff and elects his successor upon his death.  AFP PHOTO

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  • gf Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:57 AM

    Congratulations a Cardinal of our own

    N Hesara Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:03 PM

    Congrtz...Hope he will render his heart and service for peace and harmony amongst all Sri Lankans as a true son of mother Lanka...

    chris abey Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:20 PM

    God Bless and strengthen our Cardinal.May he stand up and speak out for the poor and against injustice and corruption just as Jesus did.A great honor for Sri Lanka at a very crucial time in our country.He must make his voice heard.

    M Silva Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:46 PM

    Well, it's a grand ritual all right. I wonder why the presentation of the hat is so important for him to be present at Rome with an entourage. That would have cost a hefty sum indeed! By the way, did Lord Jesus Christ too put on this kind of hats on his twelve disciples? I can't remember reading anything of the sort in the Bible. Well religion has changed indeed, over the years.

    Shivanka David Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:59 PM

    May God Bless you Rev. Fr. Malcolm Ranjith and may god give you the strength and courage for everything. Amen

    Saman/South Africa Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:02 PM

    Congratulations,Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith ,you are true son of mother lanka

    Mohamed Shukry Sunday, 21 November 2010 02:50 PM

    Its a pride for Sri Lanka. I hope you can do much for Sri Lanka than you have done previously. The country waits for your services.

    KD Tuesday, 23 November 2010 09:05 PM

    What's in it for Sri Lanka?

    Hashmat B Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:48 PM

    A proud son of mother Lanka
    God bless you

    Kanishka Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:26 PM

    Congratulations! A clear endorsement for him to continue undermining the sovereignty of the country and the buddhist faith!

    Ananda Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:39 PM

    As a Buddhist I am so happy to hear this news.

    May God bless you Cardinal Malcolm Ranjth. You are a great honour to our country.

    chris abey Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:40 PM

    I take back this comment as it has a political hue. I tend to politicize everything and my uncle pointed that out to me. So sorry.

    meranchi Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:46 PM

    may god bless him and protect him by lord all mighty, in the name of Jesus christ of nazareth...

    Critical thinker Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:01 PM

    We can only hope that he does so....I am as joyful as u r at this point. Simply because of the fact that we have a cardinal (just for face value sake!!...) but sadly, I dont think he is likely to to speak out against poverty, injustice or (especially) corruption.....can u give me any example where he has done so as yet?

    Joseph Michaels Sunday, 21 November 2010 04:51 PM

    This is a blessing to all Sri Lankans! Cardinal Ranjith has accomplished a lot on behalf of us. The people who know, know. From the comments posted above, you see the presence of skeptics and ill-wishers. But as Christ Jesus thought us, we will rejoice on this joyous occasion with humility and will welcome all as it is. Through God, anything and everything is possible. People might call it a blind faith, but the presence of the Holy Spirit within me and within the enormous numbers of people in the catholic faith, gives me hope for a better tomorrow. Congratulations Cardinal! A person who truly deserves the credit!

    yohan kumar Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:20 PM

    Congratulations! I'"m proud of you.

    samantha Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:23 PM

    congrtulations,dear shepared take care your flock

    modaya Sunday, 21 November 2010 05:03 PM

    world know th truth..god is great,,

    Rev Fr C. Silva Saturday, 20 November 2010 04:42 PM

    Your Eminence, congratulations and may God guide you as you strive to give Spiritual Guidance to our Country. May our Blessed Mother help you through her intercessions.

    Chamila Saturday, 20 November 2010 07:13 PM

    He got the gift for supporting LTTE and separatism in Sri Lanka

    WISDOM Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:03 PM

    BLIND BELIEF AT ITS BEST!

    dhana Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:03 PM

    Let them be impartial and totally reflect God`s characteristics .
    Also let be their devotion to God and not to the politicians of this world.

    Rohan Sunday, 21 November 2010 01:14 AM

    Congratulations...God Bless....Hope the next Pope will be definitely from Mother Sri Lanka. We are waiting see the inuaguration of Pope Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don in future to save people in Sri Lanka and Asia and africa.

    MagodisThuma Monday, 22 November 2010 01:12 AM

    Very Well Said !

    MagodisThuma Monday, 22 November 2010 01:13 AM

    Those people are self appointed agents of God !.

    Jude Sunday, 21 November 2010 04:28 AM

    Congratulations !! !!!.....& ..God Bless You...

    meranchi Sunday, 21 November 2010 05:25 AM

    hats only that time humanity mission not racist and separation he got pressure from diaspora actually he support for Tamils judgment left to god..

    kali p Sunday, 21 November 2010 06:28 AM

    uh... what? dude, get a life... he's a sri lankan too, whatever his religion

    Ranga Dias Sunday, 21 November 2010 07:48 AM

    God Bless u Father. Cardinal of our time. I was waiting to c this moment from early 90s . Hope u wil be a candidate for next perpalship (Pope).

    malkanthi Sunday, 21 November 2010 08:27 AM

    The square red hat resembles the Blood of those Martyred. This surely ritual and tradition, bible too contains such. we need to pray without ceasing, for the power of God manifest to intervene and transform any situ. I don't know why people mix politics with religion and make absurd comments.

    Mahesh Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:15 AM

    God Bless you Farther and our Little Sri Lanka.
    Lord please teach us to respect all nationalities and religions and treat them as brothers and sisters as Jesus Christ taught us.
    I now reside in a Middle East country and these people are more open minded than some radical Sri Lankans.

    Yehiya-Doha Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:16 AM

    Congratulation. Need your voice to unjustice.

    JoeF Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:22 AM

    Congratulations! May God Bless you with all the Wisdom.

    KD Sunday, 21 November 2010 09:37 AM

    Amen!

    kali p Monday, 22 November 2010 05:02 AM

    I am sorry Kanishka. I got carried away. I take my words back.

    Yeti Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:12 AM

    May God bless him.

    Lankan Sunday, 21 November 2010 01:00 PM

    Congratulation....this is a gift of God to our mother land

    pd Sunday, 21 November 2010 01:09 PM

    ha ha mahesh joke of da century! no comments!


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