Holy See – Sri Lanka relations

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Holy See-Sri Lanka relations

Holy See

Sri Lanka

Holy See – Sri Lanka relations are foreign relations between the Holy See and Sri Lanka. Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1978. The Holy See has a nunciature in Colombo. As of December 2011, Ms. Tamara Kunanayakam, who is Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, was the concurrently accredited ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Holy See.[1] She presented her Credentials on 15 December 2011 to Pope Benedict XVI. The Apostolic Nunciature of Sri Lanka has been vacant since October 2013.

Two popes have visited Sri Lanka: Pope Paul VI in December 1970 and Pope John Paul II in January 1995. Pope Benedict XVI met Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Vatican in June 2012.[2]

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