Pope Francis meets Lankan bishops

Pope Francis meets Lankan bishops

Pope Francis meets Lankan bishops

Written by Bella Dalima

03 May, 2014 | 7:02 pm

Pope Francis met with the bishops of Sri Lanka in Vatican City on Saturday as part of their visit and Limina Apostolorum or pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles.

In his address, the Pope encouraged the bishops in their efforts of reconciliation and healing of the nation, after more than twenty five years of civil war in the country

Observing that the Church counts among its faithful both sides of the civil war, the Pope remarked that “as the country seeks to come together and heal, the Church is uniquely positioned to provide a living image of unity in the faith.”

The Pope reminded the bishops to continue the work for the poor, recalling his recent letter Evangelical Gaudium where he says “until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples is reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence.”

The Pope noted the rich diversity of religious traditions and commended the bishops in their fruit-bearing efforts in ecumenical and inter religious dialogue. In the face of on-going violence by certain groups of religious extremists, he encouraged the church “to remain steadfast in seeking partners in peace and interlocutors in dialogue.”

He then exhorted the bishops to support and work to ensure that the dignity and the primacy of the family is upheld in the country.

 

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