Pope Francis on Wednesday (3 July) appointed Sri Lankan Catholic priest Msgr. Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage as Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID).
Msgr. Indunil is a member of the Diocese of Badulla and has been serving as the Under-secretary of the Council since the year 2012.
Commenting on the appointment, Spokesperson for the Colombo Archdiocese Rev. Jude Samatha told RepublicNext that Sri Lanka can be proud of the appointment as the Pope selected the Secretary from a Buddhist majority country.
“It opens doors for all religions to act in harmony and unity,” said Rev. Samantha, adding that this is the second time that a Sri Lankan was appointed to a Secretary post in the Vatican.
Msgr. Indunil holds a doctorate in missiology from the Pontifical Urban University where he was later hired as a Professor in Missiology.
The PCID is composed of about 30 members and some 50 councillors from across the world from various backgrounds and expertise, serving as consultants, specialists in religious studies or are engaged in the field of dialogue, Vatican News said.