01/24/2011, 00.00
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Card. Ranjith meets Catholic artists and journalists from the Archdiocese of Colombo

by Melani Manel Perera
The cardinal expresses interest in the work of those involved in communications. He says he will organize annual meetings to improve the conditions of these artists. Among the participants, a female clown and famous singers.

Colombo (AsiaNews) - In a meeting held at Colombo Joneth studio card. Albert Malcolm Ranjith expressed his support to about 150 artists, journalists and communications workers from the Archdiocese of Colombo. "I know that there are many problems you meet when you work in your respectable fields. Sometimes you may feel frustrations , discouragement, fed up, sad," said the cardinal. Who added: "But today I assure you that we will help you when you need a strength , guidance and advise".  The gathering, organized by the Catholic Communication Commission under the patronage of the archbishop, was held on January 21 last year.

In a difficult time for journalists in Sri Lanka, victims of murders, disappearances and a general limitations on the freedom of the press, Card. Ranjith’s  intervention was greeted with joy by all participants.

Mercy Edirisinghe, a famous female clown, thanked the cardinal saying: "In the past there have been many meetings like this, but nothing of what was promised or suggested has ever become reality. I hope the same does not happen this time". Maximus Roy, secretary of the Catholic Writers, it is "a wonderful opportunity for us to express ourselves, and I hope that this same occasion is also given to artists and journalists from other dioceses."

Many famous singers, representing three generations of artists have spoken at the meeting, sung songs and graced the meeting.

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