Dec 24, 2018

Cardinal requests to close hotel bars for Xmas

Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has urged president Maithripala Sirisena to close bars at star class hotels tomorrow (25) in lieu of Christmas, just as alcohol outlets would be closed for the day.

The request had been made at the Christmas celebration hosted by the presidential secretariat on Dec. 20.

Accordingly, the Excise Department had reportedly notified star class hotels to close their bars tomorrow, warning of legal redress otherwise.

The Cardinal maintains that the true meaning of Christmas is not decorations or indulgence, but to identify the pain of the poverty stricken masses, and to join hands to provide them relief.