Saturday, June 20, 2009
In gratitude: Ranjith the Great (aka il Grande)...
Every Rome seminarian has a favorite prelate in residence in Urbe and for the youthful seminarians of today, it's Archbishop M. Ranjith. And he's the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Walks to work every morning under the colonnade. Always smiles. Always polite and says hello to everybody and is always super nice - a true gentleman. And, he speaks the gospel truth and for this we are grateful to him! In short, he's our favorite in Rome and everybody is really going to miss him. Excellency, we wish You well in Your new episcopal See - auguri da tutti noi, grazie e ci sentiamo alla prossima in Urbe!
Posted by John Paul Sonnen at 8:53 AM
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To my Venerable Brother
Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don
Archbishop of Colombo
In the moment in which, with your appointment as Metropolitan Archbishop of Colombo, your service arrives at its conclusion as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I wish to express my sincere thanks for the fidelity, the commitment and competence with which you exercised that office.
While you now prepare for this important new pastoral mission in your country to begin, we have reason to be encouraged by the good you will be able to perform among the peoples of your land.
I happily accompany you with my fervent prayer that the Lord will fill your ministry with abundant fruits, and entrust your person to special protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and I wish to impart to you and to the Archdiocese of Colombo my Apostolic blessing.
I think it would be wonderful (and a miracle), if one day very soon, this great man becomes Cardinal, at the top of the list of new appointments.
And also, if in the not to distant future(but distant enough I hope), the world is surprised by his election as Pope.
He or Burke would be wonderful Popes.
At Mgr. Ranjith's right side is Don Carlos Encina, wellknown Chilean priest actually in The Apostolic Penitentiary. Especially in the 1990s, Don Carlos (1964) promoted enthusiastically the Traditional Latin Mass in Santiago de Chile.
He should be a Cardinal, absolutely! And so should Archbishop Raymond Burke. I pray frequently that these two giants of the Holy Faith are elevated soon.
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