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Dear Friends,

 The Prato Della Valle in Padua is the biggest and one of the most beautiful Piazzas in Italy. It covers an area of eighty eight thousand six hundred and twenty square meters and is surrounded by a moat which is flanked by 78 marble statues representing important personalities of the region. On 1st of May 2015 every inch of the Piazza, as well as the surrounding roads and especially the road leading to the Basilica of St. Anthony, are full of thousands of Sri Lankans. This enormous crowd, estimated to be about twenty thousand, from all parts of Italy, the largest gathering of Sri Lankans in Europe,  participating in the annual pilgrimage to this world renowned shrine of their favorite Saint.

It is with greatest joy that I, as the National Coordinator for the Italian Bishop’s Conference, together with the Sri Lankan Catholic community working in Italy, invite you to join with us  in the celebration of  the 18th  Anniversary  of our Annual Pilgrimage to St.Anthony’s Shrine on Friday the 1st of May, 2015.

This year too we have the honour of having His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith the Archbishop of Colombo and His Lordship Bishop Harold Anthony, the bishop of Kurunegala, together with his brother priests will concelebrate the festive mass both in Sinhala and Tamil languages at 11.30 AM at the Basilica followed by the procession with relic of St Anthony. 

Even this year we have planned to publish a special souvenir to celebrate this event. Your advertisements are most welcome. The cost will be Euro 500 for a A4 size colour page.

Thanking you in Anticipation and hoping to see on the 1st of May,

Mons.Neville Joe Perera

National Coordinator





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