Friday, 03 October 2014 - 13:45
President to meet the POPE at 2.30pm local time
President Mahinda Rajapake is scheduled to meet His Holiness Pope Francis at Apostolic Palace today at 2.30 pm Sri lankan time.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left the Island last afternoon for a visit to Italy and the Vatican on an invitation by the Holy See.
Thereafter President Rajapaksa will have talks with His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State and Prime Minister of the Holy See.
During his stay in Italy, President will meet Sri Lankan expatriates living there and will also have discussions with SLFP organizers for the European Union, Rome and Northern Italy.
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from January 13th to 15th.
During his visit the Pope will hold discussions with the President and conduct a special mass at Galle Face Greens in Colombo.
He will also visit Madhu Church in Mannar.