Cardinal says candidates pledged no violence
The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says the two main candidates in January’s presidential election have promised a violence-free vote, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit the country just days later.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told the Catholic weekly newspaper Messenger that the bishops’ conference met with both candidates and received their assurances of no violence.
Pope Francis is to start a three-day visit on Jan. 13, five days after the poll. Some church officials are seeking a postponement, fearing there could be post-election violence because of the acrimonious campaign.