Pope Francis Visits Sri Lanka Amid Hopes for Peace

January 12, 2015 7:11 AM

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Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island nation's Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the lingering wounds of the country's 25-year civil war.

The war between minority Tamil rebels, who are mostly Hindu, and the central government, dominated by the overwhelmingly Buddhist ethnic Sinhala majority, ended in 2009. Catholics make up less than 7 percent of Sri Lanka's population, but they come from both the Tamil and the Sinhala communities, ma...

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