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Sri Lanka cardinal praises new government

January 29, 2015

Sri Lanka’s leading prelate praised the nation’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, for his efforts to promote religious harmony.

Sirisena has appointed a Buddhist, a Hindu, and a Catholic to lead the respective government offices of Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian religious affairs, the Fides news agency.

It is “nice to see various ministries assigned to people of different faiths, who believe in their religion,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, adding that the new president “has undertaken the important task of ensuring the rule of law in the country and promoting peace and harmony among different communities.”

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