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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Now It’s A Time For Reconciliation - Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith

Fr.Sangeewa Mendis reporting from Rome

Rome, 03 June, ( "The brutal war which suffocated our country for the last three decades is over and now is the opportunity to be reconciled and to be united under a one flag. Let us learn from the past mistakes and mishaps. We have to take the extremists in both sides to the middle path if we are really and truly interested in building a new Sri Lanka. There will be terrible and unprecedented repercussions if we do not make use of this golden opportunity to join hands". These were the sentiments expressed by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith during his homily at vespers service conducted on the occasion of the Madhu feast at Santa Maria Dei Pellegrini church in Rome

Recalling the cherished childhood memories, he said how the pilgrims gathered under one umbrella, under the shadow of the maternal loving care of the beloved Mother at the Madhu Shrine. "Pilgrims were from every nook and corner of our country. We had to pitch our tents around the shrine. We were all children of one family and we were not suspicious of others. There was fraternal love and care. Now it is time for us to go back to that era of joy and brotherhood. Let us cast aside our differences accepting everyone and respecting each one’s dignity", said the Archbishop.

Further he meticulously articulated that end of war with weapons and armourments does not signify the dawn of peace. "The real war begins now. There is an estimated 280,000 refugees in government-run camps who need our assistance. We have to resettle them, we have to boost their moral to start life again, and we have to heal their psychological wounds. This is going to be a paramount task and all citizens of the country must do this with one mind and heart. We must intensify our efforts to treat everyone fairly", he added further.

Every year the Madhu feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of May Dr. Harold Anthony Perera, the newly elected bishop of Kurunegala, and Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, the Srilankan Ambassodor to Italy together with a large number of Sri Lankan and Italian priests were present at the occasion and was organized by Fr. Neville Joe Perera the National Coordinator for the Italian Bishop’s Conference.

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