Colombo (AsiaNews) – Mgr Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, is the only prelate from Asia among the 24 new cardinals Pope Benedict XVI will nominate on 20 November. The announcement came at the end of today’s general audience. In Sri Lanka, people welcomed the news, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa who offered his congratulations to the new cardinal. AsiaNews spoke to a number of people to see their reaction, Christians and Buddhists as well as Sinhalese and Tamil, in the archdiocese of Colombo.
“I am happy about the appointment of Mgr Ranjith as cardinal,” said Fr Reginald Saparamadu, director of Pontifical Mission Society. “In recent years, he has supported the Pope in defending the faith and the Church.”
For Clifford David, a Christian Tamil who runs a travel agency, the Catholic and other communities in Sri Lanka must continue to pray God that he may guide the archbishop on his path as cardinal and in his ministry as a priest.
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