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Holding Sunday mass: Govt. says Cardinal must consult health authorities

By Skandha Gunasekara

Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith only needs to work with the health services with regard to reopening churches for religious services, The Morning learnt.

“The Cardinal has to consult with the health services and see how and when the churches could be reopened,” Government Spokesman and former State Minister of Investment Promotion Keheliya Rambukwella told The Morning.

Rambukwella said that reopening religious institutions is critical under the Restart Sri Lanka programme.

“Health services guidelines have been released and it’s just a matter of the Cardinal discussing how things could be facilitated to recommence religious services in accordance with the health guidelines,” Rambukwella said.

On Sunday (7), Archbishop Cardinal Ranjith, addressing a Sunday mass, spoke of the possibility of beginning religious services once again.

Secretary to the Cardinal Fr. Deninton Subasinghe said that the Cardinal had only inquired about the possibility of restarting services for the congregation.

“The Cardinal only spoke of the possibility of reopening services for a limited congregation. Not only for churches, but all religious institutions,” he said.