Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ranjith to Colombo

Our friend Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don was appointed Archbishop of Colombo today:

Il Santo Padre ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale dell’arcidiocesi di Colombo (Sri Lanka), presentata da S.E. Mons. Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis, in conformità al can. 401 § 1 del Codice di Diritto Canonico.
Il Papa ha nominato Arcivescovo di Colombo (Sri Lanka) S.E. Mons. Patabendige Don Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Arcivescovo titolare di Umbriatico, trasferendolo dall’Ufficio di Segretario della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti.

This is very good news for Colombo and Sri Lanka where the clear insight of the Archbishop will be invaluable in the struggle for justice and peace for the Tamil people after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. Catholics make up a significant minority of the Tamil population and have been suffering significantly because of the civil war.
The Archbishop will also be a significant "Benedictine voice" in Asia.

Pray for the Archbishop.


Et Expecto said...

Maybe Archbishop of Colombo today, and Bishop of Rome tomorrow.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Yes, my thoughts too.

George said...

Lucky Colombo! His will be a voice for sanity and peace in that war-torn area of the world. The 'job' ahead will not be easy but God puts the right people where He wants them - and NO mistakes!

Indeed, Prayers for Archbishop Ranjith. God Bless him.

Adulio said...

Maybe Archbishop of Colombo today, and Bishop of Rome tomorrow.

Highly unlikely...

Fr Seán Coyle said...

Any connection between his appointment and Sri Lanka's getting into the 20/20 Cricket World Cup semi-finals the same day? Let's pray he'll have 20/20 vision for the Church in his suffering homeland.

Sadie Vacantist said...

This is exile for Ranjith and eveyone knows it.