Bishops of Sri Lanka met with priests and the apostolic nuncio in Colombo on June 17 to begin preparations for the announced visit of Pope Francis to their country in January, a priest reported on the official website of the Archdiocese of Colombo.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka and nuncio Archbishop Nguyen Van Tot presided at the Central Committee Meeting at the Bishops’ Conference hall, Borella, Colombo, reported Fr.Sunil De Silva.
Bishops and priests at the meeting reportedly discussed possible sites for papal visits and formed committees that would prepare for Pope Francis’ visit next year.
Cardinal Ranjith is cited as saying he had received information saying the “tentative dates” of the pope’s visit to Sri Lanka would be on January 13, 14 and 15, 2015. A delegation from the Vatican is reportedly expected to arrive to discuss the papal visit.
See the meeting in pictures via the Archdiocese of Colombo
Pope Francis also told a news conference during his flight from the Holy Land to Rome in May he would visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January.
Philippines Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato also told Manila reporters last week after a press conference on the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress that a representative from the Vatican would be arriving around the time of this July’s plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to discuss arrangements for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines after his trip to Sri Lanka.