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03/14/2011 SRI LANKA

Lent in Sri Lanka: “Christ is our hope” for reconciliation

For the Catholic bishop of Kurunegala, the theme launched this year by Caritas Sri Lanka is “appropriate” and “relevant” for the country, which is undergoing a process of reconciliation after 30 years of war. He calls upon the faithful to undergo a “genuine conversion” of heart and mind, as urged by the Pope.

Colombo (AsiaNews) – In his message for Lent, Mgr Harold Anthony Perera, Catholic bishop of Kurunegala (a diocese in Sri Lanka’s north-western province), re-launched the theme of ‘Christ is our hope’, which had been proposed this year by Caritas Sri Lanka-Sedec, calling it “appropriate” to reconcile the country after the many years of a war that ended only in 2009. In his statement, the bishop urged believers to place their trust in the Holy Spirit, citing Benedict XVI, who called for the “genuine conversion” of heart and mind in order to heal everyone’s wounds and inaugurate a new life of liberty.

“No theme was ever more appropriate than ‘Christ is our hope’,” the prelate said, “since we are undergoing a process of reconciliation after 30 years of violence and suffering.”

“What we need is to aspire to greater sense of human values and to the gift of new life and freedom in Christ,” he added.

“During the time of Lent, we commemorate the passion, death and glorious resurrection of Christ,” he said. He “reconciled man to God. During this period, we are strongly urged to give hope to those who are desperate, homeless, victims of violence and marginalised. It exhorts us to sing the praise of truth and justice.”

At the end of his message, Mgr Perera called on the faithful “to reflect and strongly meditate the word of God. Let us become an instrument of hope in Christ. With our prayers and witnessing our faith, we can open the way towards a vast horizon of hope in the Almighty.”

See also

25/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Lent, a time for forgiveness in war-torn Sri Lanka
Personal conversion is the first response to society’s divisions. For the time that comes before Easter Caritas-Sri Lanka SEDEC issues a booklet dedicated to “Harmony through Reconciliation.”

10/09/2007 SRI LANKA
Tsunami-hit Marian shrine in Matara celebrates 100 years
Celebrations for the famous Marian shrine hit by the tsunami in 2004 end. Some 300,000 pilgrims come from the entire island. Galle bishop calls Our Lady the “light that enlightens” the country divided by ethnic conflict.

12/03/2018 12:28:00 SRI LANKA
Bishop Wickramasinghe calls for building the nation together

The bishop of Galle makes an appeal during Lent to the faithful “not [to] confine ourselves only to external rituals”. Stronger ties of brotherhood can lead to peace in society. Tamils and Sinhalese share religious ethnic traits. People must overcome the desire to find culprits. A new mindset is needed.

06/02/2008 SRI LANKA
Like Jesus on the Cross, Sri Lanka thirsts for justice
In his message for Lent, Bishop Perera, president of the justice and peace commission, invites the population to bear the sufferings of war and natural disasters with the awareness that their hope is the sacrifice of Christ for the victory of the innocent. An invitation to perform acts of charity toward all the oppressed, "because God is in them".

14/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Catholics celebrating the Blessed Joseph Vaz, “Apostle of Sri Lanka”
Celebrations began with a solemn Mass in the village of Maha Galgamuwa. More than 1,500 people have come to the shrine dedicated to the Apostle of Sri Lanka, who was beatified by John Paul II. Across the country the Church is promoting initiatives in preparation for the 300th anniversary of his death, hoping for his canonisation.

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