Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the Holy See Ravinatha Aryasinha participated in a series of events held in connection with the Occasion of the ‘Annual Hearing of the Holy Pope’ on 11th January 2016 held at the Vatican. 83 Resident Ambassadors and other concurrently accredited non- Resident Ambassadors participated in these events.
During an interaction with His Holiness, Ambassador Aryasinha conveyed greetings from the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to His Holiness and particularly appreciated the attention the Holy Father had given Sri Lanka over the past year long period since his visit to Colombo on 13 – 15 January 2015. He also assured him of Sri Lanka’s support to his global efforts, particularly in relation to social upliftment, the environment and inter-religious dialogue.
His Holiness reciprocated the sentiments and requested that the Ambassador convey his greetings to the President and the Prime Minister. He also said that he had very good memories of his visit to Sri Lanka.
Later the same evening at a banquet hosted in honour of the Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin who is equivalent to the Prime Minister in the Holy See, the Cardinal who had also accompanied His Holiness to Sri Lanka spoke in glowing terms of the deep impression the visit had left on all of them, including His Holiness.
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
12 January 2016