Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Letter addressed to Pope, making rounds on social media is fake: Mangala

Colombo, Jun 8(BAN/CD): A letter, strongly criticizing Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and his actions had surfaced on social media with the Parliament letterhead and signature of Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera has tweeted that the letter, addressed to His Holiness Pope Francis, is fake.

The letter, claimed to be written by the minister, accused Cardinal Ranjith Malcolm of disrupting the ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka. The Pope was also called upon to conduct an investigation on the Cardinal in this letter.

The letter also stated that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has called Sri Lanka a Sinhala Buddhist country, which challenges the belief of the Catholic Church that the whole world belongs to God.

Cardinal was accused of ‘supporting’ Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, who carried out a protest fast in front of Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy to force the resignation of Muslim ministers from the Sri Lankan government, in the letter too.

The Minister has complained to the CID, asking for an investigation to be conducted over the fabrication of the Parliament letterhead and forging of his signature.

The letter dated June 3 2019, attributed to minister Mangala Samarweera and addressed to Pope Francis was a fake, his office said in an issued statement.

Joint opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa had said yesterday that the government should respond to Minister Mangala who had complained to Pope Francis. “Minister Samaraweera is criticizing the Cardinal who had done a great service to preserve peace in the nation. We have been told that the minister had complained against the Cardinal to Pope Francis. We want the government to comment on it,” he said.

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