15/08/2023 Sunday Observer
St. Joseph Vaz portrait at Archbishop House, Mumbai

St. Joseph Vaz portrait at Archbishop House, Mumbai

Archbishop of Bombay, His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias speaks at the unveiling of a portrait of St. Joseph Vaz, at the Archbishop's House in Mumbai.

 

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda, who is on a two-day official visit to the State of Maharashtra, yesterday (14) unveiled a portrait of St. Joseph Vaz, the 'Apostle of Sri Lanka', at Archbishop's House in Mumbai, in the presence of Archbishop of Bombay, His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias.

The High Commissioner and the Archbishop of Bombay had an exchange of views pertaining to the close religious ties between Sri Lanka and India, particularly on the ways and means to promote people to people contacts through interactions between the Catholic communities in the two countries.

Sri Lanka's Consul General in Mumbai Dr. Valsan Vethody was also present on this occasion.

St. Joseph Vaz, the great Indian missionary of the Gospel, who was born in Goa, India, in 1651, rendered exemplary service to the Catholic community in Sri Lanka. He had reached the then-Dutch stronghold of Jaffna disguised as an itinerant worker, in 1687.

Since then, St. Joseph Vaz had continued his incomparable service to the Catholics and others until he passed away on January 16, 1711 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was canonised on January 14, 2015, by Pope Francis at the Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The High Commission has presented similar portraits of St. Joseph Vaz to the Catholic religious leaders in New Delhi, and have planned to present portraits of the Saint to the Chennai, and Mangalore Catholic religious leaders as well.