Pope Francis begins Asia tour, lands in Sri Lanka
January 13 , 2015
Pope Francis has landed in Sri Lanka on a six-day Asia tour, according to media reports.
Speaking just after landing in Colombo, the Pope said that cultivating virtues that “foster reconciliation, solidarity and peace” was the path to peace.
He will later travel to the Philippines and hold open-air masses in his Asia trip.
He stressed the need to go beyond improving the infrastructure in Sri Lanka, where a four-decade civil war ended in 2009, and promote “human dignity” and respect for human rights.