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* Sacred Catholic relics from Italy arrive in Sri Lanka
Sun, Mar 7, 2010, 08:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 07, Colombo: The Sacred Relics of St. Anthony from Padua, Italy arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.

The relics were received by the Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo with Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, the Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka and other bishops.

Following a short prayer service at the airport, the relics were brought by a special motorcade to the St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade of capital Colombo. Large crowds of Catholic devotees have gathered to see the procession.

The relics were placed at the St Anthony's Church, which is marking its 175th anniversary this year.

The relics will be taken to other dioceses in the country including the battle-scarred northern districts from March 10 through 21 and they will be returned to Padua on March 23.

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