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Pope’s envoy visits Jaffna to assess humanitarian crisis

[Hindu, Sunday, 8 February 2009 13:47 No Comment]

Amid global concerns over the humanitarian impact of Sri Lanka’s war against LTTE, an envoy of the Vatican visited the conflict-ravaged northern Jaffna city to get a first-hand account of the condition of refugees from Wanni region housed in camps there.

 

Bishop Rt Rev Mario Senario, who also interacted with the refugees, expressed hope that the plight of the thousands of Tamil civilians will be ameliorated, according to sources. Senario also met Jaffna Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam to discuss the condition of the civilians on Saturday. The two religious leaders held a joint special mass for the safety of Tamils in Wanni and for permanent peace in Sri Lanka this morning in the St Mary’s Church in Jaffna.

 

The visiting Vatican emissary met the people displaced from war-ravaged areas in a number of refugee camps, according to officials. Priests, nuns and other religious leaders from Jaffna peninsula also participated in the meetings. According to sources, Senario is expected to submit a report on the situation in Jaffna to the Holy See.

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