Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Sri Lanka, The Next Pope? post by Anura Guruge on October 21, 2010.
I found a video on YouTube. You will enjoy it. We have always been good at this ceremonial stuff. See below.
Shame they didn’t have a few decorated elephants pulling it … but some might have worried that that would blur the lines between the religions. Buddhist ceremonies invariably involving gaudily lit-up elephants. Yes, they pull along a generator. Great example, given that the Buddhist President was there to greet him, of the ethnic and religious tolerance the country was justifiable proud of.
There is also a good article on the Sri Lankan homecoming in ‘Whispers in the Loggia’.
Well I really should show you what a real procession Sri Lanka style is all about, since Rome could pick up some useful pointers. I am sure they will be happy to provide those whip crackers for papal processions. I used to go to watch this perahera and a smaller version closer to Colombo. Last time, alas, was in 1983. As it happened, it was the first perahera of the new Lay Chief. He had recently gone back to Ceylon to assume this elected role, having lived with my parents as their surrogate son (because I was far away) for many years in Paris. So sit back, turn the volume down and click here.
P.P.S., I also updated ‘Errors in books about popes,‘ today, to include Andrew M. Greeley’s ‘The Making of the Popes 2005’.