0617SriLanka_1 Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, presides at a funeral for victims of the Easter Day Sri Lanka attacks - © ACN

Pope Francis Meets Cardinal Ranjith of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Cardinal Is in Rome for Press Conference of Aid to the Church in Need

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This afternoon, Pope Francis is meeting the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, stated a June 20 Holy See Press Office Bulletin.
The Sri Lankan Cardinal, according to the Italian agency AGI, is in the Italian capital for the press conference of the pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need, which this morning presented its annual report.
«I brought the Holy Father a DVD to show him what
happened in Sri Lanka at Easter,» he said referring to the attacks on churches and  hotels which killed more than 300 Christians, «and to understand what can be done.»
«We were very moved,» Cardinal Ranjith expressed, by the Holy Father’s words.
«I know he was struck by this tragic event. He sent me also a message.»
The Vatican has not released any further information regarding the private encounter.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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