Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Ranjith will be officially elevated to the position of Cardinal today. The ceremony will be officiated by Pope Benedict the 16th at the Vatican.
With his elevation to the position of Cardinal Dr. Malcolm Ranjith will be vested with the right to vote in electing the next Pope. Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Ranjith is the only Asian among the 24 Cardinals to be appointed this year. Among nearly 200 Sri Lankan participants at the ceremony will be the Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thera, the Ven. Kumburugamuve Vajira Thera and the Ven. Ittepane Dhammalankara thera. Rt. Rev. Malcolm Ranjith will also conduct a special service after being elevated to the position of Cardinal. A special function has been organized at the Katunayake International Airport to receive the new Cardinal on his return to Sri Lanka.