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Low-Keyed Ceremony of the Conscrecation of new Church in Kachchathievu.

Sweden, Dec. 24 -- Sri Lanka and India yesterday dutifully played down the consecration of a new St. Anthony's Church in the Katchathievu Islet.

A low-keyed ceremony was held yesterday and the Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne vested the newly constructed St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church on the Kachchativu islet in the in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jaffna to the general public.

The low-keyed consecration of the new church was attended by the Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray, Consul General of India in Jaffna A. Natarajan, Jaffna Bishop Rt. Revd. Dr. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam, Vicar General of the Diocese of Jaffna Very Revd. Fr. Pathinathar Josephthas Jebaratnam, Parish Priest of Delft, Revd. Fr. A. J. Antony Jeyaranjan, Jaffna District Secretary N. Vethanayahan, Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, senior officers and a large number of distinguished guests.

Also, 100 devotees from Sri Lanka and 82 devotees from India attended the church ceremony.

Earlier, Jaffna Diocese Vicar General and Bishop of the same Diocese Rev. Dr. Justin Gnanapragasam brought forward the idea to construct a new Church in the island prior to the 2017 feast. Accordingly, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne issued directives to construct a new church.

The foundation stone was laid on May 9 under the auspices of Jaffna Vicar General Rev. Fr. Joseph Das Jebaratnam.

The construction work commenced under Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva. The church construction works completed at a cost of Rs.77 million.

Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Revd. Dr. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam said the newly opened Church in Kachchathievu could be declared as the 'Church of Reconciliation' as it is open for the reverence of all Sri Lankans. Mementoes were also exchanged to mark the occasion.

Earlier the consecration of a new church on Katchathievu has been postponed by Jaffna Catholic diocese after the demise of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on the 5th night.

Furthermore, an issue over the participation of people from Tamil Nadu at the consecration ceremony was finally decided that 100 people from Tamil Nadu to attend the consecration ceremony.

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Date:Dec 24, 2016
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