Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunarathna noted that the construction work of a shelter for the pilgrims at St. Anthony’s Chrurch, Kachchativu will continue without any disruptions.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jayaram staged a protest against the relevant construction, after the foundation stone was laid recently, charging that a new church would be built after demolishing the historical church.
However, the Commander of the Navy noted that no changes would be made to the existing church, which dates back to 1901.
The transportation of materials and the construction of the structure will be carried out by the navy upon a request made by the Bishop of Jaffna, Rev. Bernard Gnanaprakasam.
Commander of Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunarathne further stated that the steel structures used to canonize St. Joseph Vaz during the Sri Lankan visit of Pope Francis, will be used for the construction at Kachchativu.
This structure, graced by Pope Francis, has been preserved by the Navy and will be used to provide shelter for the pilgrims visiting Kachchativu Island.