18 September, 2021

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Prevent The GoSL From Politicising Your Visit – TCSF Writes To Pope

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) has called upon Pope Francis to visit the war-torn areas in the North and East and visit the survivors of the war against Tamils, as part of his visit to Sri Lanka in 2015.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

The TCSF – a group of Tamil civil society activists from the North and East, in a letter to the Pope on Sunday (13) had requested him to openly call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to genuinely address grievances of Tamils during his meeting with President Rajapaksa.

The civil society activists had requested Pope Francis to raise the following issues during his visit:

  • Militarisation and colonization of Tamil lands
  • Restoration of troop presence in the North and East to pre-war levels and end violence against women
  • Genuinely address issues concerning disappearances including that of Rev. Fathers Jim Brown and Frances Joseph
  • Release those arbitrarily detained and allow people to mourn their dead

“We have no faith in the Sri Lankan establishment. Hence we urge you to raise these issues during your meeting with the President to that they may receive more prominence,” the TCSF has written.

They have requested the Pope to visit the Madhu church as well as Mullivaikkal and pray for those who died in the war and call for accountability, justice and a genuine political solution.

Meanwhile, the TCSF has also warned Pope Francis concerning the possibility of the government exploiting his visit to further their political agendas.

“While we welcome your visit, which may provide to be a blessing for the war affected Tamil people, the government may use it to boost its standing amongst the international community,” they have written while asserting that necessary steps should be made to avoid such crude political instrumentalisations of his visit to Sri Lanka by the GoSL.

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    What a mess the Cardinal put him in when he thought he had finished dealing with all the crap as a bishop in Argentine now he’s got to put-up with racists.

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      This Cardinal is dancing to the tune of the Rajapakses:
      1.He went to the Vatican to get GSP
      2.He accompanied Gotabaya to Mannar to tell the people to accept the term of the govt in ”settling” land issue
      3.Now just before the election to get the voted for the President he’s inviting the Pope into the country which is in a mess.

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        He needs to toe the line to repay the appointment of his unqualfied neice to the foreign service.

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    1. Militarisation and colonization of Tamil lands
    Militarization should continue until the the Gov. is convinced that there is no anti-Sri Lankan elements are active (ex. TCSF). “Colonization” has no meaning in this situation as Sri Lankans can live anywhere they desire within Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not yet divided!

    2. Restoration of troop presence in the North and East to pre-war levels and end violence against women
    See above. TCSF should furnish a GENUINE list of Tamil women who had violence against them by Military/Sinhalese since end of war.

    3. Genuinely address issues concerning disappearances including that of Rev. Fathers Jim Brown and Frances Joseph
    TCSF should furnish another GENUINE list of Tamils who are GENUINELY missing and supporting evidence that they existed. Jim Brown is missing since 2006. Find info from LTTE remnants. Wasn’t F Joseph a LTTE supporter hence fought for them at the end of the war?

    4. Release those arbitrarily detained and allow people to mourn their dead
    Again list the GENUINE detainees. Most have been rehabilitated and released. Any anti-Sri Lankan activist are a threat to the security of Sri Lanka. For more info read about Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

    It is written; “TCSF has also warned Pope Francis concerning the possibility of the government exploiting his visit to further their political agendas”
    Isn’t the TCSF is exploiting Pope’s visit to further their political agendas???

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    Sinhala/Buddhists

    Pope is coming to convert all of you.

    Where are the the protectors of Sinhala/Buddhists?

    Where are you, Weerawansa, Champika, Nalin, Banda, I am no human, OTC, Mechanic, sach, Nuisance,alien ramona therese fernando from the master of universe race ………..

    The country needs you.

    • 1
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      NV – why did you let the secret out ?

      Now they will start converting all those beautiful churches into boutique hotels to accommodate all the cheap Chinese tourists !

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        Imi

        “NV – why did you let the secret out ?”

        Sorry my head refused to think laterally.

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    Prevent The GoSL From Politicising Your Visit – TCSF Writes To Pope?

    The Pope Gave blessings to The Italian Dictator.

    The Pope Gave blessings to The German Dictator.

    The Pope is giving blessings to the current one in Lanka.He like to be re-elected to be President again.

  • 1
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    Now what would be the Sumanasekera school of thought on this? care to enlighten us the great K A Sumanasekera (LEELA)?

  • 3
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    Jarapasses getting BBS to go after muslims and catholics.
    now they have invited pope.
    why? becuase Jarapasse queen is catholic.

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    There are more Sinhala catholics than Tamil catholics. We welcome the Pope. Lets ensure that the Tamils and their self appointed civils society activists do not politicize his visit to our blessed isle. The Sinhala people have contributed far more to the global church than the Tamils have. Look at East Timor and Europe.

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      Brother George,

      I was saddened to read your above message. I have two comments for you; If you are a Catholic, please don’t forget Tamil Catholics to are ‘Brothers in Christ’.

      Secondly, again and again, the Sinhala Buddhists make it clear to us that we Sinhala Catholics aren’t equal to them. We too are a minority, and it’s about time we join with Tamils & Muslims to fight against BBS and other Sinhala Nationalist forces.

      Just because our Cardinal ignored and continues to ignore the sufferings of our Tamil brethren, we can’t do that.

      Let’s hope that when our beloved Pope Francis, visits Sri Lanka, he will openly calls for a genuine reconciliation based on equal rights to all communities. God Bless You brother George

    • 0
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      Shame on you! You have forgotten that Jesus Christ urged us to see him in everyone we meet. You are bogged down in your ethnic identity just like Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, and have forgotten what it is to be a christian.

      I hope the Pope tells the Sri Lankans who uphold thuggery and corruption and have destroyed all vestiges of democracy in that once Blessed Isle what he thinks of them. Especially that he will tell the Sinhala Catholics how far from the teaching of Christ they have wandered.

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    ‘Prevent The GoSL From Politicising Your Visit’

    Why? Isn’t the Pope a politician? Isn’t he the absolute Ruler of the Vatican City State? He has more power than Mahinda!

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    Paul-iban

    “He has more power than Mahinda!”

    Is that why Gota visited him some months ago?

    Did he get Pope’s approval or blessing for what he has been doing in the past twenty five years or so? May be a confession or sort.

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    St Veddah

    Maybe Gota has several billion faithful followers around the world. Maybe he is infallible.

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      Paul-iban

      “Maybe Gota has several billion faithful followers around the world. Maybe he is infallible.”

      May be Pope confessed to Gota.

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        St Veddah OMI

        Popes confess to God alone.

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          “Popes confess to God alone”

          werewolf, you are surely going to the dogs.

          • 2
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            The ltte man is unable to counter the argument?

            • 1
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              you are hearing voices!

              Dogs are calling baul passe nool

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      “to God alone””

      Ha ha! Because the walls have ears and they cant speak.

      Happily Agnostic

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    The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) must have a funny sense of humour. On one hand it asks that the Pope visits the North and the East to show solidarity with the Tamils and on the other hand, it cautions against the Government exploiting the Pope’s visit for its political advantage.

    We are entitled to ask the TCSF, ‘where is the consistency?’ Are your reasons for asking the Pope to visit the North and the East any less political than what you fear the Government will us the Pope’s visit for?. Come, come.

    For the Catholics of Sri Lanka, regardless of where they live, the Pope’s visit should be a joyous occasion, something for them to celebrate; they should look on the visit as an occasion to be favoured with many blessings, to experience the joy of their faith in a special way. The Catholics of SL should not be asking that the Pope visits this area or that. They should be happy to welcome him with generous heart and without reservation. To SL Catholics, the Pope’s itinerary while in SL should not be a cause for concern; what should matter is his visit to the island and the pleasure of having him with them, never mind whether he visits Madhu or Negombo, Galle or Trincomalee!

    I hope everyone will help make the Pope’s visit a success, that they will do everything they can to welcome him with the hospitality and kindness with which SL has traditionally treated her guests. Don’t we all want the Pope to take away happy memories from this island home of ours? Don’t we take pride and pleasure in being good hosts? Let’s welcome the Pope with open hearts and open arms.

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      Is it led by the Bishop of Mannar ?

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