Pope Francis visits Sri Lanka, days after presidency amid hopes for healing after civil war

January 12, 2015 6:15 AM

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Pope Francis visits Sri Lanka, days after presidency amid hopes for healing after civil war

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankans walk past a poster to welcome Pope Francis outside a church in Moratuwa, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 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. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File) (The Associated Press)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – 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.

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