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HIS EMINENCE MALCOLM CARDINAL RANJITH
THE ARCHBISHOP OF COLOMBO
 
 
 
 

Name                         :         Archbishop Patabendige Don Albert Malcolm Ranjith

Father’s Name          :           Patabendige Don William

Mother’s Name        :           Hettiarachchige Mary Winifred Perera

Date of Birth             :           15th November 1947

Place of Birth            :           Polgahawela, Sri-lanka

   
  ACADEMIC -
 

Scholastic Studies

  1. Roman Catholic Boys’ School, Lunupokuna, Colombo 15
  2. De la Salle College, Mutwal, Colombo 15

General Certificate of Education

   
 

Ecclesiastical Studies

 
    1. St. Aloysius Seminary, Borella, Colombo 8
    2. The National Seminary, Ampitiya, Kandy
    3. Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy
    ( Collegio Urbano de Propaganda Fide and Collegio San Paolo Apostolo )
    4. Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy
    5. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    6. Baccalaureate in Theology – Summa Cum Laude Probatus
    7. Licentiate in Sacred Scripture – Magna Cum Laude Probatus
    8. Special Certificate in Biblical Studies – Hebrew University, Jerusalem
   
  Priestly Ordination -
 

On 29th June 1975at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Ordained by His Holiness Pope Paul VI

   
  Pastoral Appointments
   
  October 1978 
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Assistant Parish Priest of Pamunugama / Kepungoda / Dungalpitiya
 

02.06.1980  

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Spiritual Director "Daham Sevana"
  04.05.1981     
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Acting Parish Priest of Payagala
  03.08.1981 
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Parish Priest of Payagala
  20.06.1982
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Staff Member Pre-Philosophate "Daham Sevana"
  10.01.1983
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Lecturer (Catechetics) Kalutara Museaus Training College
  29.04.1983
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Parish Priest of Kalutara
  December 1983
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Appointed National Director of Pontifical Mission Aid Society
  1983
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Professor in Sacred Scripture at the Sinhala Theology Faculty, Colombo
( Blessed Joseph Vaz Deva Dharma Nikethanaya )

  13.08.1984
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Archdiocesan Co-ordinator for Human Development
   
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Archdiocesan Director of Caritas Colombo - Seth Sarana
  20.02.1985
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Elected to Priests' Senate as Priests' representative of  Kalutara Region
  17.04.1985
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Representative at the PMS Meeting in Rome
  01.09.1985
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Parish Priest of Kolonnawa
  15.02.1985
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Archdiocesan Chaplain St. Vincent De Paul Society
  20.10.1987
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Member of the College of Consultors
  20.10.1987
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Member of the Council of Priests
       
  Episcopal Ordination & Episcopacy -
  17.06.1991
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Appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Colombo and the Titular Bishop of Cabarsussi
  31.08.1991
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Episcopal Consecration by Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Tewatta.
  02.11.1995
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Appointed as the Bishop of Ratnapura
  05.01.1996
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Installation as the Bishop of Ratnapura
  01.10.2001
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Appointed as the Adjunct Secretary, Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, Vatican.
  29.04.2004
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Appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and Timor East
  29.04.2009
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Appointed as the Titular Archbishop of Umbriatico
  10.12.2005
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Appointed as the Secretary General of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican
  16.06.2009
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Appointed as the Archbishop of Colombo
  05.08.2009
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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 Lorenso, Luciana
  13.02.2011 - Installed as a Cardinal
       
 

National Ecclesial Appointments -

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

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

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

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

  2010.04.21.....  

President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sri Lanka

       
 

State Appointments -          

   
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Justice of the Peace for the whole island of Sri-Lanka
   
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Member of the University Council Sabaragamuwa State University, Sri -Lanka       

       
  International Appointments -
   
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Member of the Restricted Committee of the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)
   
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Member, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences Office for Evangelisation  (OE)

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

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

  2001 - 2004
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Adjunct Secretary, Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, Vatican

  2001 - 2004
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President, Pontifical Mission Societies, International
  2002 - 2009
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Member of the Pontifical Committee of International Eucharistic Congresses

  2004 - 2005
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the Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and Timor East
  2005 - 2009
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the Secretary General of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican
       
  Languages -  

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

       
  International Meetings Chaired -
       
      Asian Regional Meetings of the PMS
  6th - 10th Sept. 1990
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Monte Fano, Kandy
 

16th - 22nd Sept. 1992

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Indonesia, Jakarta
  10th - 16th Sept. 1994
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Seoul, Korea
  4th – 14th Sept. 1996
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Tokyo, Japan
       
      FABC Office for Evangelisation
  9th – 13th Sept. 2001
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Exposure Programme for Asian Bishops at Colombo
 

16th – 24th May 2002

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Annual General Assemblies of the Superior Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome

  8th  - 16th May 2003 
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Annual General Assemblies of the Superior Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Rome
  01.12.2006
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International Study Days on the Sacred Liturgy
  01.12.2007
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International Study Days on the Sacred Liturgy
  29.11.2008
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International Study Days on the Sacred Liturgy
       
  International Awards -
  2007
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Thomas Aquinas Medallion in the field of religious education, Thomas Aquinas College, California, USA

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

       
 
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