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Colombo, Feb 19 (Daily Mirror) - The Archdiocese of Colombo today assured that the fisheries harbour in Pitipana, Negombo will be handed over to an authority.

It ensures that the fisherfolk in the area get maximum benefit from it.

“The Cardinal never had any intention of using the property for his personal purposes at any point,” Cardinal’s spokesman Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said in a statement.

Fr. Fernando made this remark in relation to a protest held by a group claiming to be fishermen, in front of Archbishop's House today. The protestors claimed that Cardinal Ranjith had taken over the fisheries harbour by force.

“The objective behind the Archbishop's decision to take legal action was to ensure transparency when it comes to the administration of the fisheries harbour. We do not want to see a handful of people benefiting from it,” Fr. Fernando added.

The Archbishop had already appointed an authority after consulting representatives of the Mankuliya, Thalahena and Basiyawatte parishes according to Fr, Fernando.

Court had ordered the appointment of an authority, and to handover all assets to this authority on February 2, 2023.  It was reported that the fisheries harbour was handed over to the United Fisheries Association as a gift with some conditions by late Cardinal Thomas Cooray in 1963. However, these conditions have been violated by a handful of people who had claimed to be the members of the fisheries association.

A protest was held by a group of people who claimed to be fishermen, in front of the Archbishop's House thus creating a tense situation.


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  • Joshua Monday, 19 February 2024 08:36 PM

    These are protests orchestered by smelly rogue politicians.

    Jothipala Perera Monday, 19 February 2024 10:42 PM

    Fishy

    Asoka Tuesday, 20 February 2024 08:21 AM

    Scape goat Cardinal of Sri Lanka

    roni Monday, 19 February 2024 09:09 PM

    Organized thugs become fisherman overnight. Most of these jokers may not have even boarded a fishing boat. German TV will be told that authorities are talking to fisherman (disciples of St Peter) rather than Bishops.

    Dee Monday, 19 February 2024 09:58 PM

    Remember 2019 presidential elections? Cardinal is in a trance now. Election time again. Last time to save the country (we all know what happened) this time even he don’t know what he wants!

    Grace Monday, 19 February 2024 10:14 PM

    The Protest against the Rev.Cardinal was politically motivated. Organized by certain corrupt stinking politicians. Majority of the Catholics are with the Rev.Cardinals.

    Joseph Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:00 AM

    What surprised me was where the water cannon trucks and hordes of policemen. Patently clear orchestrated by rogue kudu politicians of the area now waiting to get booted out.

    Catholics Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:26 AM

    Cardinal has lost his mind and his so-called advisers are no better! There should be a retirement age for the clergy too!

    Mark Tuesday, 20 February 2024 07:03 AM

    The Cardinal engages is business rackets for his own benefit and that of his family members. It is all hush hush to prevent the foolish flock from finding out. In fact he is not the only one some bishops do it too. There is a vast amount of church owned property thru out the country with which to play hanky panky.

    Lanka splintered among private groups? Tuesday, 20 February 2024 07:48 AM

    Private authority of a PUBLIC PROPERTY? Where in the world can this happen? Vatican is the richest kingdom in the world. Now another one in Lanka?

    Nimal Tuesday, 20 February 2024 11:39 AM

    We have no doubt that His Eminence the Cardinal is doing his best for the common man. He is attempting to correct an injustice that had been there for many years. The people who protested are driven by ulterior motives.

    Kumar Soysa Tuesday, 20 February 2024 06:09 PM

    Thank you. I stand corrected on the remarks I made earlier. My apologies


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