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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2828

St. Anthony's Relic

Rome, 05 May, (

The 4th May remained a historical day for the Sri Lankan catholic community of Rome – Infernetto, as a sacred Relic of St. Anthony of Padua has been placed at St. Mary Church.

The Relic was placed by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, and consists in a piece of the body of St. Anthony of Padua (Ex Massa Corpis St. Anthonii).

In his sermon His Eminence explained what does being a Saint mean. Everyone can be a Saint, the way to become a Saint is to follow the example of Lord Jesus, following His example, we too become examples with our lives.

Our life-time on earth is limited so that is why we have to live every day following the examples of the Saints.

“The apostles were ordinary people like you all, committing human errors and sometimes following human ambitions, St. Peter renegade Lord Jesus three times, St. Thomas did not believed without seeing with his eyes, St. John and St. James wanted a prestigious positions in the Kingdom of Lord Jesus, Judas Iscariot betrayed Him for 30 silver coins” ; Cardinal Ranjith said.

Lord Jesus' Apostles were not saints when He chose them. They became Saint only after having accomplished the mission given them.

Referring to a meeting in the Vatican City with the Prefect and Officials of Congregation of the Causes of Saints, His Eminence said that in the 21th century we need more priests and families to be Saints.

Cardinal Ranjith also added that especially Sri Lankans living in Rome are lucky due to the large presence of Saints who lived and died in Rome.

The Holy Mass was concelebrated by His Lordship Bishop Harold Anthony, the Bishop of Kurunegala, Msgr. Neville Joe, National Coordinator CEI, Very Rev. Fr. Reginald Saparamadu, National Director Pontifical Mission Societies and several other Priests.

- Asian Tribune -

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