January 13, 2015 / 3:33 AM / 3 years ago

Pope Francis lands in Sri Lanka at start of Asian tour

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to deliver a message of inter religious harmony that will resonate within the island nation recovering from years of ethnic conflict and across the world in the wake of the militant violence in Paris.

After Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, the Pope is due to visit the mainly-Catholic Philippines before leaving Asia on Jan. 19.

Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Michael Perry

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