His Eminence Malcom Cardinal Ranjith presided at the Children’s Day Eucharistic celebration together with the two Auxiliaries, His Lordships Bishop Emmanuel Fernando and Bishop Maxwell Silva. His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Marcus Fernando, Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis, Episcopal Vicars, Rev. Fr. Indra Fernando Director of Catechetics, Fr. Mano Kumaran in charge of Tamil Section of Catechetics and several other Fathers and religious and a large number of children from Sunday schools and colleges participated at the Children’s day held at the Tewatta Basilica, Ragama.
A beautiful drama directed by Very Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando, Episcopal Vicar, was staged after the Mass, based on the life and the calling of Blessed Virgin Mary. Dancing troup of Rajini Selvanayagam together with other actors performed in the drama.
Homily was preached through a dialogue by four in Sinhala and Tamil priests.
His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm also conveyed loving greetings and blessings of the Holy Father Pope Francis to the children. His Eminence addressing the children said, "when I met the Holy Father Pope Francis in February, I told him about the Children's Day and then the Holy Father conveyed his loving greetings and blessings to you all"
In parallel with the Children’s Day, the different Religious Congregations also made available information about their Congregations in different places assigned to them. The children took time to go around the Basilica to see the historical engravings designed and installed around the Basilica by His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis and also to see the exhibition hall of Blessed Joseph Vaz.