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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

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.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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