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Catholic Church holds service of thanksgiving for life of Ven. Sobitha Thera

23 November 2015 - 2417   - 10

In an unprecedented event the Catholic Church today held a memorial service of thanksgiving for the prophetic life of vision and work of the Ven Sobitha Hamuduruwo who passed away on November 8 after giving leadership to the common opposition which came to office in the people’s silent revolution of January 8.

The service was held at the Kotte, S. Thomas’ Church which is situated opposite the Naga Viharaya of which Sobitha Hamuduruwo had been the Chief Prelate for decades.

In the picture the Chief prelate of the Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya, Ven Aluthnuwara Anurudha Nayaka Thera is seen speaking from the church’s sanctuary to thank the Ven Sobitha Hamuduruwo for his historic mission and also to thank the Catholic church for this move to promote inter-religious dialogue and unity.

The main speaker was Rev. Father Reid Shelton Fernando also a social justice prophet who was closely associated with the Ven. Sobitha Hamuduruwo’s national movement for a just society.

The service was conducted by Father Sanjeeva Mendis head of the  Kotte Deanery.

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  Comments - 10

  • Dilki Monday, 23 November 2015 08:02 PM

    Simply beautiful. It takes courage to be different and it's encouraging to see steps taken towards peace and humanity.. Well done Sri Lanka so proud and honoured to be Sri Lankan...

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    siva Tuesday, 24 November 2015 05:30 AM

    It is very great was t to see this event. Sobitha too was great

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    Mignonne Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:55 PM

    In deed, one of the best moves in our times. The righteous deserves honour.

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    Shiranthi Wednesday, 25 November 2015 01:14 AM

    So proud to be a Sri Lankan....

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    Firoze Munzeer Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:00 AM

    If this could be adopted through out the whole country with all faiths, it sure would be paradise with peace and harmony. Kudos to St. Thomas' Church Kotte.

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    Beatricedemel Wednesday, 25 November 2015 02:37 PM

    Encouraging to see the unity between 2 great religions.

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    Karl De Silva Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:08 PM

    It is really rare on such occasions for clergy of different faith to attend and pray for someone of a different religion. God created Man. Man created religions Religions and Man are deviding themselves and destroying the World God created. If only all man made religions can get together for good or sad occasions and help each other as Human beings than What A Wounderful World it would be.

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    Dayanthi Mahavithanage Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:10 PM

    I value and respect the late Sobitha Thero for the work he has done to bring peace among all in our country. I am proud to be a Catholic and praise and thank the Catholic church for having organised this event to honour the late Soobitha thero and bring harmony among all Sri Lankans irrespective of religion or race.

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    Sunil de Livera Tennekoon Saturday, 28 November 2015 07:26 PM

    Praise the Lord. Sobitha Thero wished for this unity among all religions.

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    J Amarasinghe Tuesday, 1 December 2015 07:38 PM

    Great work , to encourage unity in between two religion ,well done ,

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