Cardinal urges compassion and action against poverty in Sri Lanka this Christmas season
Colombo (LNW): Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has addressed the critical issue of poverty in Sri Lanka, urging for compassion and decisive action during the Christmas season.
In a poignant speech, Cardinal Ranjith shed light on the plight of millions grappling with basic needs. He presented alarming statistics, underscoring that nearly 8 million Sri Lankans grapple with daily food insecurity, while countless others face challenges such as escalating taxes, unemployment, and restricted healthcare access.
Cardinal Ranjith lamented the shattered dreams of the people, compounded by the weight of debt, the anguish of sacrificing children’s needs for survival, and the sorrow of witnessing widespread corruption.
Expressing dismay at Sri Lanka’s standing among the world’s most corrupt nations, the Cardinal criticised the perceived protection of those involved by the government.
He declared that this Christmas must be a turning point, urging people not to be trapped by a system that exploits and neglects its own citizens.
Rather than succumbing to despair, Cardinal Ranjith offered a message of hope and solidarity. He stressed the universal call for compassion, transcending differences in faith.
The Cardinal declared that this Christmas should be an opportunity to unite, extending a helping hand to those in need.