Written by Staff Writer
15 Jan, 2015 | 11:10 am
His holiness Pope Francis departed from Sri Lanka this morning to his next destination of his tour of Asia, Manila-Philippines.
His holiness visited the Benedict XVI cultural institute in Bolawalana, Negombo before proceeding to the Katunayake International Airport from Colombo.
At the institute he was greeted by a group of religious leaders of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka including His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith where His Holiness Pope Francis officially declared open the institute dedicated to the former leader of the Roman Catholic church; Pope Benedict the XVI.
Pope Francis is on his way to the Philippines for a five day visit to the nation with 80 million Roman Catholics.
He is the fourth Pope to travel to the Philippines, where the highlight of his visit will be a huge open air mass in the capital, Manila on Sunday.
Other engagements include a visit to Tacloban to meet survivors of a devastating typhoon in November 2013. Security will be tight after unsuccessful attempts to kill two of his predecessors.
Tens of thousands of soldiers and police have been deployed to protect the leader of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis is travelling to the Philippines from Sri Lanka where he called for unity in the conflict-hit nation and canonised its first saint.
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