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IMF or World Bank assistance will be useless if same crooks run the country says Cardinal

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by Norman Palihawadane

Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that there was no point Sri Lanka getting loans from World Bank or the International Monetary Fund if the people who handle those funds continue to be the fraudsters. Then the plight of the country and its people’s will remain the same.

Delivering his homily at the 125th jubilee mass offered in the church dedicated to St Joseph at Kaluwarippuwa, Katana, the cardinal said that developing and rebuilding this nation were not unachievable or an impossible task.

“It is very simple, if we want to develop our motherland, the first step is that we must build our own lives and be very sincere in our dealings. If we are not sincere we will not be able to take the country forward,” he said.

“There was a marked decay in Sri Lankan society as a whole. The problem seems to be worsening and we are going down the drain. If we want to develop this country, there has to be a revolution. For that, the people must begin to live their lives in accordance with the teachings of the religions that they adhere to and profess,” the Cardinal said.

“We do not become a people who really live our religions by erecting statues of the founders of great religions at every junction in the country of sporting the religious symbols around their necks,” the cardinal said.


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