Pope heads to Sri Lanka at rare moment of island harmony

January 12, 2015 6:18 PM

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Pope heads to Sri Lanka at rare moment of island harmony

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrives in Sri Lanka on Tuesday for a visit expected to add to a new harmonious atmosphere in the Buddhist-majority nation that last week elected a government promising increased respect for long-suffering religious minorities.

The visit to Sri Lanka is the first leg of a Jan. 12-19 tour that also takes in the Philippines and is the Pope's second Asian excursion, part of his outreach aimed at shoring-up the Church's presence in developing nations.

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