Most Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, ordains a Deacon at yesterday’s ceremony at St. Lucia’s Cathedral at Kotahena. Seventeen Deacons from many districts of the country were ordained at this ceremony. Most Rev. Dr. Maxwell Silva and Most Rev. Dr. Emmanual Fernando, Auxiliary Bishops of Colombo, also participated along with Rev. Fr. J.D. Anthony, Rector of National Seminary..
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Crucial meetings ahead of 19A debate in the House
President Maithripala Sirisena will today meet all party leaders at a meeting to be held at the Presidential Secretariat ahead of the presentation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament in the midst of swirling controversy of how various political forces will play their hand in the days that are to follow.
Other crucial meetings to be held today include a meeting of the SLFP Central Committee and a briefing by Prof. G.L Pieris to a section of SLFP MPs on 19A to be debated in Parliament on Monday and Tuesday.
"It is not yet certain whether the amendment will get the required two thirds majority," a senior politician said yesterday.