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Sept. 13, 2015

Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Appointed As The Papal Envoy To The National Eucharistic Congress

New Delhi, 12th September, 2015

His holiness Pope Francis has appointed His Eminence Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, as His Special Envoy to the National Eucharistic Congress of India, to be held in Mumbai from 12th to 15th November, 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Eucharistic Congress and the visit of Pope Paul VI to India.

His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith was born in Polgahawela, Diocese of Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, on 15th November, 1947. He was ordained Priest on 29th June, 1975. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo and Titular Bishop of Cabarsussi on 17th June, 1991 and was consecrated Bishop on 31st August, 1991. He was then transferred to the See of Ratnapura on 2nd November, 1995. On 1st October, 2004, he was appointed Official in the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples. He was then appointed as Apostolic Nuncio in Indonesia and Timor-Leste on 29th April, 2004, with Umbriatico as the Titular See. On 10th December, 2005, he was appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He was appointed as Archbishop of Colombo on 16th June, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI made him a Cardinal in the Consistory of 20th November, 2010, with the title of St. Lawrence of Lucina.

The National Eucharistic Congress, to be held in Mumbai, is expected to attract thousands of people from all over the Country. All the four Cardinals of India, all the Bishops of Indian Hierarchy, representatives of Priests, Religious, Lay people and Youth from all the 170 Dioceses are expected to participate in this four-day event. The National Eucharistic Congress is aimed at deepening the understanding, appreciation and love of the Eucharist, which the Catholics believe to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The main theme of this 4-days’ intense prayer and reflection will be ‘Nourished by Christ to Nourish Others’, which will underscore the intimate relationship between the faithful and the Eucharistic Lord and, at the same time, highlight the responsibility of a true follower of Christ to care for his fellowmen and for the whole of creation at large.

Fr. Gyanprakash Topno
Spokesperson/PRO
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India



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