|His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI on 08th June 2012 at the Vatican.
Their conversation was focused on efforts to promote reconciliation in the nation after its long civil war. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting said: “The hope was expressed that a global joint solution may soon be found corresponding to the legitimate expectations of all the parties involved.”
Holy Father Pope Benedixt XVI and President Rajapaksa also discussed the contributions of the Catholic Church to the welfare of the people of Sri Lanka, especially in the fields of health care, education, and social welfare.
Holy Father Pope Benedict and President Rajapaksa emphasized during their meeting how “the Catholic Church, which makes an important contribution to the life of the country with her religious witness and educational, healthcare and social assistance activities, will continue to commit herself to the common good, reciprocal understanding and the integral development of all citizens,” the Holy See’s statement said.
Following his audience with the pope, President Rajapaksa met Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.