ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER PAUL VI
Airport of Colombo, Ceylon
On our return journey, We have the joy of being able to call at Colombo to
greet «the pearl of the Indian Ocean»
and. in this way to respond to the gracious invitation which has been extend to
We greet with fraternal affection Cardinal Thomas Cooray, the bishops of the Island and their Catholic people. We thank God for having given Us the satisfaction of this meeting to unite Ourself with you in prayer, to encourage you in the service of God and of your neighbour. As you know, you cannot have one without the other, and no Christian conscience could neglect one without thereby damaging the other, for professing the faith involves witnessing to a brotherhood that is really part of one’s life.
We greet al1 the noble people
of Ceylon who have come in such numbers to show their warm hospitality. From Our
heart, We thank them and assure them of the deep affection of the Pope.
Jayave sri lanka.