King John handed over five Christian priests to the Sri Lankan envoys. They belonged to the Franciscan order. The leader of these missionaries was John Vile de Konde. Towards the end of 1543 A.D., they came to Sri Lanka.
welcomed them warmly and made arrangements for a
comfortable stay here.
It was Christmas. Puncha and Panchie got up early and rushed to their Christmas tree to see what Santa had brought them. To their joy, there were two gifts
hanging on the Christmas tree wrapped in bright, shiny papers.