His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

ARCHDIOCESE OF COLOMBO

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

Archbishop Patabendige Don Albert Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith (born on 15th November 1947), known simply as His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is a Sri Lankan cardinal of the Catholic Church.   He is the ninth and current Archbishop of Colombo, serving since 2009.  He is the second Cardinal of Sri Lanka and was elevated to the Cardinalate in 2010.

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Name                                          :               Archbishop Patabendige Don Albert Malcolm Ranjith

Date of Birth                               :               15th November 1947

Place of Birth                              :               Polgahawela, Sri Lanka

Father’s Name                            :               Patabendige Don William

Mother’s Name                           :               Hettiarachchige Mary Winifred Perera

Sisters  (all younger)                   :               1.   Mrs Ranjanie Cooray (deceased)

                                                                    2.  Mrs Shalani Fernando (Sri Lanka)

                                                                    3.  Mrs Antoinette Biergans (Germany)

Brothers                                      :                None             

             

 ACADEMIC –

 Scholastic Studies -

-    Roman Catholic Boys’ School, Lunupokuna, Colombo 15

-    De la Salle College, Mutwal, Colombo 15

    General Certificate of Education

    

 Ecclesiastical Studies -

-    St. Aloysius Seminary, Borella, Colombo 8

-    The National Seminary, Ampitiya, Kandy

-    Diploma Course in Biblical Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1976)

-    Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy  (Collegio Urbano de Propaganda Fide)

-    Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy

                 

ACADEMIC   TITLES

-    Baccalaureate in Theology                         -       Urban University

    Summa Cum Laude Probatus (1974)

-    Diploma Certificate in Biblical Studies      -       Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1976)

-    LSS  -   Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures       -       Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome) 1978

    Magna Cum Laude Probatus 

 

PRIESTLY ORDINATION -

Ordained by His Holiness Pope Paul VI         -       on 29th June 1975 at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

 

PASTORAL APPOINTMENTS

October 1978             -       Assistant Parish Priest of Pamunugama / Kepungoda / Dungalpitiya

02.06.1980                 -       Spiritual Director "Daham Sevana"

04.05.1981                  -       Acting Parish Priest of Payagala

03.08.1981                 -       Parish Priest of Payagala

20.06.1982                 -       Staff Member Pre-Philosophate "Daham Sevana"

10.01.1983                 -       Lecturer (Catechetics) Kalutara Museaus Training College

29.04.1983                 -       Parish Priest of Kalutara

September 1983         -       Appointed National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies

1983                           -       Professor in Sacred Scripture at the Sinhala Theology Faculty, Colombo

                                          (Blessed Joseph Vaz Deva Dharma Nikethanaya)

13.08.1984                 -       Archdiocesan Co-ordinator for Human Development

                                   -       Archdiocesan Director of Caritas Colombo - Seth Sarana

20.02.1985                 -       Elected to the Priests' Senate as Priests' representative of  the Kalutara Region

01.09.1985                 -       Parish Priest of Kolonnawa

15.02.1985                 -       Archdiocesan Chaplain St. Vincent De Paul Society

20.10.1987                 -       Member of the College of Consultors

20.10.1987                 -       Member of the Council of Priests

                                        

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION AND MINISTRY

17.06.1991                 -       Appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo and the Titular Bishop of Cabarsussi

31.08.1991                 -       Episcopal Consecration by Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Tewatta.

02.11.1995                 -       Appointed as the Bishop of Ratnapura

05.01.1996                 -       Installation as the Bishop of Ratnapura

01.10.2001                 -       Appointed as the Adjunct Secretary, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican.

29.04.2004                 -       Appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and Timor East

29.04.2004                 -       Appointed as the Titular Archbishop of Umbriatico

10.12.2005                 -       Appointed as the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican

16.06.2009                 -       Appointed as the Archbishop of Colombo

05.08.2009                 -       Installed as the 09th Archbishop of Colombo, at St. Lucia's Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo 13.

20.11.2010                 -       Appointed as a Cardinal

20.11.2010                 -       Appointed as the Cardinal Priest of San Lorenzo, Lucina

        

NATIONAL ECCLESIAL APPOINTMENTS

1988 – 1991               -       Secretary of the Catholic National Commission for Missionary Activity, Sri-Lanka      

1992 – 1995               -       Chairman of the Catholic National Commission for Missionary Activity, Sri-Lanka                       

1995 – 2001               -       Chairman of the National Commission for Justice, Peace & Human Development, Sri-Lanka

1993 – 1995               -       Coordinator/Chairman, National Steering Committee for the Pope’s Visit to Sri-Lanka & Beatification of Blessed Joseph Vaz      

1995 – 2001               -       Secretary General, Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka

2010                            -       President, Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka

                                   -       Chairman, Catholic National Commission for Priests, Religious, Seminaries, and Secular Institutes

2015                           -       Coordinator/Chairman, National Steering Committee for the Pope’s visit and the Canonization of St. Joseph Vaz.

 

STATE APPOINTMENTS          

 -  Justice of the Peace for the whole island of Sri-Lanka

-   Member of the University Council of the Sabaragamuwa State University, Sri Lanka       

                                                  

INTERNATIONAL APPOINTMENTS 

-   Member of the Restricted Committee of the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)

 -   Member, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences Office for Evangelization (OE)

-    Coordinator – Children’s Desk Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences Office for Evangelization (OE)

-    Member of the Supreme Committee of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Rome

2001 - 2004                -       Adjunct Secretary, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican

2001 - 2004                -       President, Pontifical Mission Societies, International

2002 - 2009                -       Member of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses

2004 - 2005                -       Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and Timor East

2005 - 2009                -       Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican

                                                  

INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS CHAIRED                                           

Asian Regional Meetings of the PMS

6th to 10th Sept. 1990      -    Monte Fano, Kandy

16th to 22nd Sept. 1992   -    Indonesia, Jakarta

10th to 16th Sept. 1994    -    Seoul, Korea

4th to 14th Sept. 1996      -    Tokyo, Japan

                                                  

FABC Office for Evangelization

9th to13th Sept. 2001      -    Exposure Programme for Asian Bishops at Colombo

16th to 24th May 2002    -    Annual General Assembly of the Superior Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome

8th to16th May 2003       -    Annual General Assembly of the Superior Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome

1st December 2006        -    International Study Day on the Sacred Liturgy

1st December 2007        -    International Study Day on the Sacred Liturgy

29th November 2008      -    International Study Day on the Sacred Liturgy

                                                  

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

2007                              -    Thomas Aquinas Medallion in the field of religious education, Thomas Aquinas College, California, USA   

2008                              -    7th International Award “Giuseppe Sciacca” by the President of the Republic of Italy for achievements in the cultural field

PUBLICATIONS                     

-    Introduction to the Pentateuch (Sinhala)   -  Published by DDN Publications Colombo

-    Several articles in magazines and newspapers.

LANGUAGES

-   Sinhala, English, Tamil, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian Bhasa                

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