President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa depositing sacred relics at the 280-foot-tall Sandahiru Seya being built in Anuradhapura to signify Sri Lanka’s victory over terrorism in May, 2009. The ceremony took place to the accompaniment of seth pirith chanted by over 6,000 Buddhist monks. Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddarakkitha Mahanayaka thera of the Asgiriya Chapter and Ven. Ellawela Medhananda Thera participating in the ceremony. (pic by Sudath Silva)
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Political parties urged not to exploit papal visit
The Catholic Church has again strongly opposed attempts by the SLFP-led ruling coalition and the Opposition alliance to use the forthcoming papal visit to the advantage of their respective presidential election campaigns.
The Church has intervened in the wake of several Catholic politicians launching poster and billboard campaigns.
Director, Media Information Centre for the Papal visit, Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando said that political posters and cut-outs with the images of the Holy Father had been displayed in some parts of the country.