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Welcome to Diocese of Kandy

Diocese of Kandy comprises the central province of Sri Lanka and is situated in the hill country.
It is divided into three vicariates, namely, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale, which coincide with the local government administrative districts.
The tea plantation sector, for which Sri Lanka is well known, covers a large part of the diocese.

Pope’s Sri Lanka itinerary revealed

The finalized official schedule of the Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Sri Lanka, was released by Vatican today. The Pope is scheduled to visit the island from January 13-15, 2015.

The visit is taking place following an invitation extended to Pope Francis by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Last month, the President and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa travelled to the Vatican where they received an audience with His Holiness and personally extended the invitation to visit Sri Lanka.

Pope Francis has graciously accepted the President’s invitation, and the Vatican subsequently confirmed that His Holiness will be visiting Sri Lanka in January 2015.

His Holiness will also preside over the canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka, as the first Saint of Sri Lanka.

Pope Paul VI and Pope Saint John Paul II visited Sri Lanka in 1970 and 1995.

12-15 JANUARY 2015


Monday, January 12, 2015

19:00 - Departure from the Airport of Rome/Fiumicino to Colombo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

09:00 - Arrival at the Colombo International Airport, Katunayake WELCOME CEREMONY

13:15 - MEETING with the Bishops of SRI LANKA at the Archbishop’s Hose,
Colombo - 08

17:00 - COURTESY VISIT to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the President’s House.

18:15 - INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING in the Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) Colombo

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

08:30 - Celebration of Holy Eucharist and Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz in Galle Face Green Colombo

14:00 - Departure to Madhu Shrine

15:30 - MARIAN PRAYER at the Shrine of our Lady of Rosary of Madhu

16:45 - Departure to Colombo

Thursday, January 15, 2015

08:15 - Visit to the Chapel of the “Benedict XVI Cultural Institute” at Bolawalana

08:45 - Farewell ceremony at the Colombo International Airport, Katunayake

09:00 - Departure from Colombo to Manila

Source : (www.adaderana.lk - November 14, 2014)

Pope is Coming

Information and Media Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, Rev. Father Cyril Gamini Fernando said Pope Francis would be visiting Sri Lanka as scheduled and they have requested the government not to hold any election immediately after the Pope's visit, as it can be used to gain political mileage.

"If an election is to be held before the visit, it must be held in such a way that ...the preparation for the visit should not be disturbed by such an event.

We have appealed to the President to have a sufficient gap between the two events, and they have assured us that everything will be done in order to go ahead with the Pope's visit without any disruptions due to an election," he stated.

He added, the decision to hold an election and the dates to be fixed for such an election is entirely in the hands of the Government and the Commissioner of Elections and the Church has no interest in intervening in the matter.

Rev. Fr. Gamini added that the President or the Government did not pressure the Church at any time to stop or postpone the Pope's visit, adding that the government was very supportive and cooperative over the Pope's visit.

"The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka had first invited the Pope and since it involves a State visit, the Government followed up with their own invitation," he stated.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church appealed to all parties not to use the Pope's visit to gain political mileage.

November 3, 2014 - By Umesh Moramudali

The Church Feast of St. Theresa's Church, Peradeniya was celebrated on 05th October 2014

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The Jesus Youth Animation Programme was held at St. Joseph's Church, Gampola on 27th and 28th October. 48 youth participated.

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The Jesus Youth Animation Programme for the youth of Ampitiya was held on 8th October 2014.
25 youth participated and experienced the living presence of Jesus.

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The Newly constructed St.Sebastian's Church, Nillambe was Blessed by the Bishop on 28th of September 2014

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The First Annual Feast of Newly constructed Holy Rosary Church, Ragala was celebrated on 12th October 2014

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Holy Childhood Rally held at Talawakelle for Nuwara Eliya Vicariate on 8th September 2014

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The Our Lady's School Upper Section staged their Second biennial concert "Talent Trendsetters - II

The Our Lady's School Upper Section staged their Second biennial concert "Talent Trendsetters - II "on the 31st of July, 2014. at the New Town Hall - Nuwara Eliya.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of Kandy graced the occasion as the chief guest and the launching of the School Website "www.olus.lk" was done by his Lordship.

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It is with great joy that we received the good news of the Holy Father, Pope Francis’s decision to canonize Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude to God Almighty for this long-awaited blessing.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to his Holiness, Pope Francis for the decision not only to number Blessed Joseph Vaz among the Saints of the Universal Church but also for giving us the privilege of having the Canonisation on our own soil during his visit to our country.

More details will be notified later on regarding the canonisation.

We appeal to all the Parishes and Institutions of the Catholic Church to say a special prayer of thanks-giving at the end of all the Masses next Sunday, the 21st of September 2014, and soon after to peal joyously the bells of all Churches.

Bishop Vianney Fernando
National Secretariat of the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Sri Lanka
17th September 2014


Almighty and Eternal God, Our loving Father,
we thank you for listening to our humble prayer and pleading
and granting us the great blessing of having
our beloved Apostle of Sri Lanka, Blessed Joseph Vaz
as the First Saint of our Motherland.
Father,we thank you from depths of our hearts
for the gift of our faith
which Blessed Joseph Vaz laboured so valiantly
to preserve during the Dutch persecution.
We thank you for the many wonders and miracles
that have been worked through his intercession
over the past three hundred years.
Help us to deepen our faith,
strengthen our hope
and rekindle our love,
to make us spirit-filled witnesses
to Jesus Christ Our Lord
and the Good News of salvation.
Bless our dear land
And grant lasting peace, reconciliation, unity and prosperity
to Mother Lanka and her people.



The Holy Father Pope Francis declared Blessed Joseph Vaz as a Saint on 17th September 2014.

He also signed decrees clearing the way for the canonization of an Italian religious sister. He also confirmed miracles attributed to the intercessions of an Italian bishop and a Canadian religious sister, pointing to their beatification in the near future.

Blessed Joseph Vaz, an Indian priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, was founder of the Oratory of the Holy Cross of Miracles in Goa (1651-1711). Known as the “Apostle of Sri Lanka” on account of his evangelization of the Sri Lanka, was beatified by St. John Paul II on 21st January 1995.

Source : http://www.archdioceseofcolombo.com

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Confirmation - Nanuoya Parish 2014

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61st National Catholic Youth Federation 2014

61st National Catholic Youth Federation was held at the National Seminary, Philosaphate - Ampitiya on 22nd – 24th August 2014.

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Adult Baptism - 16th August 2014

Seven Adults and two children were baptized during a special Holy Mass on 16th August 2014, at St. Anthony’s Cathedral, Kandy. They were taught and trained by Rev. Sr. Cecilia, at the Blessed Joseph Vaz Inquiry Centre at the Cathedral Kandy. The Diocesan Lay Apostolate Centre coordinated the programme.

18th Certificate Awarding Ceremony of Cholankande Youth Training Centre

The 18th Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Cholankande Youth Training Centre (CYTC) was held on 26th of July at the St. Joseph Moscati Auditorium with the participation of a representative gathering of distinguished guests, religious dignitaries, officials from Tertiary and Vocational Educational Commission (TVEC), National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), and City & Guilds, Local Government Officials, Staff Members, Parents, and Pupils ( present & past ), and Well-wishers.

Handing over and Taking over - St. Thomas Church, Matale

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Altar servers's Camp - Padiwatte Parish

60 boys of Grade 07-11 of Padiwatte Parish came together for an Altar servers's camp on 19th and 20th August 2014 with special emphasis on Priestly Vocation at Padiwatte and Minor Seminary.

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His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, ceremonially declared opened and the blessed the Catholic TV Channel studio, at Ragama.
Verbum TV will begin operations through the internet.
The first telecast is scheduled to go on air on 4th December 2014.

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Residential Out bound Leadership Training Programme

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FEAST AND WALK - Our Lady's Upper School,Nuwara-Eliya

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Pope's Sri Lanka trip will be January 13-15, 2015

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Newly Built Priestly Home - Marian Rest

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Three Deacons of the Diocese of Kandy were ordained as priests on Thursday, 22nd May 2014 at St.Anthony's Cathedral,Kandy

Diamond Jubilee of Fatima Shrine, Padiwatte

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John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized Sunday by Pope Francis in an unprecedented ceremony witnessed by huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

Priests renewed their vows to the Catholic Church and to the Bishop Vianney Fernando ,Bishop of Kandy in the Chrism Mass on 14th April 2014 at St.Anthony's Cathedral, Kandy

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Passion Play - 2014 at Nuwara Eliya - "Ridee Thihak"

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Rev.Fr.Gihan Gunathilaka,the Director for both Young Catholic Students Movement and the Primary School of St.Joseph's College,Colombo addressed the Presbyteriam with his team.
Further his team shared God's experiences.

Kandy Vicariate Pastoral Council was held on 22nd February 2014

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Requiem Mass offered by Rt.Rev.Dr.Vianney Fernando,Bishop of Kandy for the repose of soul of Rev.Sr.Thiadora on 22nd February 2014

Annual encounter of Pre-Cana Animators held 0n 12th February 2014 at Gatembe

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Pope announces possible trip to Sri Lanka

Pope Francis on Saturday met with a group of Sri Lankan immigrants living in Italy. The group had come to Rome on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the Church in Sri Lanka to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The group was led by the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. In his address to the pilgrims, Pope Francis greeted Cardinal Ranjith, and thanked him for an invitation to visit Sri Lanka.

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The Feast of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Kadiyanlena Parish - 2014

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Adult Baptism Ceremony - 2014

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Thaipongal Celebration at St. Patrick’s Church, Talawakelle.

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Feast of St.Mary's Church, Nawalapitiya celebrated on 15th December 2013

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Carol competition organized by the Diocesan media Centre

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A seminar was conducted on Leadership and Positive thinking for 35 plantation community Leaders at Matale on 17th November 2013

Extension of the Clergy House was Blessed and Opened by Bishop of Kandy


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Novena for the Conclusion of the Year of Faith

National Youth Rally held at Ragama on 19th October 2013

St.Theresa’s Church, Peradeniya Celebrated the Annual Church Feast on 06th October 2013

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Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz

It is with joy and gratitude to God Almighty that we wish to inform all faithful, Religious and Clergy that one of the miracles submitted for the Cause of Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz, has been accepted as worthy of study. The Diocesan Inquiry of the miracle will take place in the month of October 2013.

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Wemedilla New Church Opening - Nikawehera Parish

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Family Retreat - Nuwara Eliya Vicariate 2013

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International President and South Asian Co-ordinator of Vincent De Paul Society Visits Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Community in Canada welcome
Bishop of Kandy

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Pope Modifies Mass
'St. Joseph' added to Eucharistic Prayers

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Pope Francis with the Bishop of Kandy

Pope Francis’ Tuesday Mass at Casa Santa Marta was concelebrated by the Armenian Catholic Patriarch, Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Bishop Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of Kandy in Sri Lanka, and Msgr. Jean Luis Brugues the of the Vatican Library, accompanied by a group of employees.

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Priestly Ordination of the Diocese of Kandy

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Bishop of Kandy

Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando
6 th bishop of Kandy
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Sunday Homily

Faith in the Bible

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International Disappearances Day 2013

E-News Letter
International Disappearances Day 2013

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Mental Health Day - 2012

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Mental Health Day - 2012

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Blessed Joseph Vaz

Apostle of Sri Lanka
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Educational Assistance Fund

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St.Joseph's Minor Seminary,Poornawatte

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New Parish Hall.

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