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Annual Feast of Kachchatheevu St. Anthony’s Church Held

[2013-02-24 17:23:18]

Annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church at Kachchatheevu where many thousands from India and Sri Lanka gather every year was held this year too in high profile on Sunday (24). The Sunday Mass was attended over 6000 Indians and Sri Lankans of catholic faith to pray for peace and prosperity. Bishop Jaffna Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Sauntharanayagam and priests from India conducted the main prayers.

The annual feast at Kachchatheevu symbolizes peace and friendship prevailing between Sri Lanka and India. Pilgrims from both countries spend days together in this small and isolated island attending prayers.

As in early years Sri Lanka Navy had arranged all facilities for pilgrims who stayed overnight to attend the festival. Basic facilities such as water, medicine, food and security were provided by the Sri Lanka Navy to pilgrims.

Meanwhile, branches of local banks and shops had been put up in Kachchatheevu island to cater to daily needs of people.

Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka His Excellency Ashok K. Kantha, Mrs. Shamila Kantha, Hon. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Mr. Douglas Devananda, Commander Security Forces Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral D.S. Udawatte and Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa also attended the Mass.

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