» 03/16/2017, 16.21
Melani Manel Perera
Saint Joseph Vaz, a pioneer in interfaith dialogue and a promoter of the laity in Sri Lanka
This year has been dedicated to the Apostle of Sri Lanka. Born in India, he landed on the island in 1687 during the persecution by Dutch Calvinists. At that time there were no priests. He set up a religious congregation to train missionaries. He worked for the poor and the sick, for dialogue with other religions, and for the development of lay leaders.
20/01/2017 10:34:00 SRI LANKA
Card. Ranjith inaugurates the Year of St. Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka (Photo)
The Archbishop of Colombo said that he was an "outstanding example of reconciliation." He spoke both Tamil and Sinhalese and lived in communion with both ethnicities. A relic exhibited for the devotion of the faithful. Foundations laid of the new national shrine dedicated to him.
05/03/2009 SRI LANKA
Colombo-Jaffna highway reopens after 24 years
Highway A-9 runs across the entire island, from north to south, through the Vanni area, scene of clashes between rebels and the army. Next Monday 20 lorries will leave Colombo carrying food supplies to Jaffna. Now aid for people displaced by the war can be brought up the road.
31/08/2010 SRI LANKA
“Without the Blessed Vaz, there would be no priest on the island”
Mgr Vianny Fernando presents this way the movie on the life of the Blessed Joseph Vaz, considered the second founder of the Church in Sri Lanka. His apostolate occurred during the persecution of Catholics by Dutch Protestants. The Jubilee Year celebrates the 300th anniversary of his death.
19/07/2010 SRI LANKA
Celebrations to honour Fr Gonsalves and the Blessed Vaz, “founders” of the Church in Sri Lanka
It is the 270th anniversary of the death of Fr Jacome Gonsalves, who wrote 21 religious texts in Tamil and Sinhalese, favouring the spread of the Catholic faith in the island nation. It is also the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Blessed Joseph Vaz, who promoted the Catholic faith despite the persecution of Dutch colonists.
18/01/2007 SRI LANKA
Blessed Vaz’s mission, an example to follow in the current political crisis
The chairman of Bishops’ Conference calls on Sri Lankan Catholics to take the Blessed as a model to follow. Vaz brought his mission to the entire population without distinction despite the Dutch persecution. Let us pray for the miracle of canonisation, Mgr. Fernando says.
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