Loading
Government forces take historic Catholic shrine from rebels

.- Sri Lankan government troops have taken an historic Catholic church from the Tamil Tiger rebels after the latest battle in the country’s 25-year-old civil war, Reuters reports.

The Wednesday fighting in the north of Sri Lanka killed 21 people.  The Sri Lankan army said that 17 rebels had been killed, while four of its own soldiers died in the fighting.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the Sri Lankan army had taken the Catholic church in Madhu in the northwest without any resistance.  "The troops managed to enter Madhu without firing a single gunshot and without any resistance," Nanayakkara said.

The Catholic church of Our Lady of Madhu is centuries old and normally houses a revered 400-year-old statue of Mary.  The church, a key place of worship for Catholics in the country, had been under rebel Tamil control since 1999.

According to the Sri Lanka Guardian, Catholic priests and nuns fled the church on April 3 with the statue of Our Lady of Madhu.  They reportedly moved to Thevanpiddi, which is under Tamil rebel control.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
2

Liturgical Calendar

September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Gospel
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 2:10B-16
Gospel:: Lk 4:31-37

Saint of the Day

Martyrs of September »

Saint
Date
08/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Homily
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: