Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the Pueri Cantores (children’s and youth choirs) at Paul VI audience hall on December 31, 2015 at the Vatican.   AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI
Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the Pueri Cantores (children’s and youth choirs) at Paul VI audience hall on December 31, 2015 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Colombo: Pope Francis has appointed a Sri Lankan priest as the Secretary of the Vaticans Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID), the media reported on Friday.

Rev. Msgr. Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku, who has been appointed as the Secretary of the PCID is a member of the clergy of the Diocese of Badulla, Sri Lanka, reports News First. Kodithuwakku would be the second Sri Lankan priest to hold a secretarial position at a papal council.

The PCID was established by Paul VI in 1964, with the aim of promoting dialogue with persons of other religions, in line with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. The Council is composed of about 30 members and some 50 councillors from across the world from various backgrounds and expertise.

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