Programme (Itinerary) For Pope Francis’ Visit To Sri Lanka, January 12 – 14, 2015, Published By The Vatican.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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The Pope Francis’ trip to Sri Lanka is ON.

There is going to be an interreligious meeting on the 1st day itself.
That could prove to be interesting.
The Buddhists are again demanding an apology from the pope.


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Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.


Galle Face Green. I used to go there, late evening, to see the Sun set into the ocean, two or three times a week when I lived in Ceylon. That was the thing to do. The yellowish building with the red roof is the famous, historic Galle Face Hotel. Used to go there often too — mainly for wedding. Amusing real story involving Mick Jagger. Sometime in the 1970s Mick was travelling through Sri Lanka on a private trip, i.e., without the band. He had a reservation at the Galle Face Hotel. He turned up. But in those days, like with so many ‘posh’ Asian hotels they had a rule about long hair. Mick had to get his hair cut in order to get his room key. Kid you not. Check it out. Mick pulls out a cheque book (him being British and dealing in real cheques as opposed to fake checks) and says how much to buy this dump? They gave him a room key. It would have been cool IF he had bought it.


Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary at Madhu.


Our Lady of Lanka in Bolawalana. Very close to the airport. That is why it is slotted in where it is. Straight from here to the airport.