Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is the social arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka and is affiliated to Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations present in 200 countries and territories.
Our national centre is located in the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city. Our vision is radiated to the far corners of the island through 12 Diocesan Centres. Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is also the national secretariat of the National Catholic Commission for Justice Peace and Human Development.
This is the magnificent prophecy which we heard in today’s first reading. Isaiah foretells the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth. This prophecy has a special meaning for us, as we celebrate the canonization of a great missionary of the Gospel, Saint Joseph Vaz. Like countless other missionaries in the history of the Church, he responded to the Risen Lord’s command to make disciples of every nation (cf. Mt 28:19). By his words, but more importantly, by the example of his life, he led the people of this country to the faith which gives us “an inheritance among all God’s holy ones” (cf. Acts 20:32).
Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka from 13th to 15th January 2015. During his visit, he will preside over the Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz at an open air Concelebrated Holy Mass. Among his other engagements will be a meeting with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, a courtesy call on the President of the country and participation in an interreligious gathering of dignitaries of other faiths. Among those invited for the open air Holy Mass at the Galle Face Green are a group of differently able persons from various parts of the country, and Caritas is coordinating this initiative as part of its work among vulnerable people and marginalized communities.
Tsunami 10th Year Caritas SL SEDEC
PRESENTATIONS MADE BY DELEGATES AT 1OTH YEAR TSUNAMI REMEMBRANCE EVENT HELD IN COLOMBO 3RD – 5TH DECEMBER 2014
- Reflection on Aceh-Nias Tsunami Response in Indonesia
- Contribution and lessons learnt from the engagement of the CI MO’s within their mandate as Facilitating and Sub-Facilitating partners in the implementation of the tsunami program in Sri Lanka
- Learnings from Tsunami Programs in India
- SOA 2/2005 Aceh – Indonesia Tsunami Response and Recovery:a Legacy of Hope
- Impact of Tsunami
- India tsunami operations
- Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society
- Reflection on 10th year Tsunami Remembrance
When the Tsunami tragedy struck the island of Sumatra on 26th December 2004, I was manning the Apostolic Nunciature in Jakarta and the first news I received was from home here that a series of massive waves has hit the coastal areas of Sri Lanka and that my little hometown had been badly affected. Hardly did I realize that right there in the back yard of Indonesia nearly two hundred and fifty thousand people had perished in an experience of Armageddon.
His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo was the Chief Celebrant at the Concelebrated Eucharistic Service held at the commencement of the 10th year Tsunami remembrance event organized by Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC last week.
10TH YEAR TSUNAMI REMEMBRANCE
From 3rd to 5th December 2014, delegates from India, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, along with Caritas Partners from the International Confederation and several Church dignitaries from abroad will participate in the 10th year Tsunami Remembrance event hosted by Caritas Sri Lanka in Colombo.
The official inauguration will take place on the morning of 4th December at the BMICH Committee Room, followed by the business sessions to be held at Caritas Sri Lanka Auditorium in the afternoon and continued on the next day.