|'Our Lady of Madhu' returns home|
|Tuesday, 22 July 2008|
The sacred statue of 'Our Lady of Madhu' was brought Tuesday, at 11.10a.m., into the liberated area, across the Omanthai Entry/Exit point following consistent appeals made by the Catholic community, all Sri Lankans and the international community for its immediate release from the clutches of LTTE.
The statue was brought in an ambulance (WP LW-O276) by Rev. Peter Arulnadan, also accompanied by Father Sathyapillai Emaliyanuspillai, and Sister Idha Thomas who have reportedly left the Entry/Exit at around 11.25a.m., our defence correspondent at Omanthai said.
The Mannar Bishop House is to issue a communiqué‚ later this evening, informed sources said.
The highly venerated statue of our Lady of Madhu was taken to Thevanpiddi area located 70 kilometers Northwest of Madhu in the non-liberated zone by the priests and sisters of the church as ordered by the LTTE on 3rd April.
LTTE terrorists almost turned the Madhu shrine into a terror base by positioning its heavy guns around the church and using it as a barrack for its cadres, before the shrine was liberated by SLA troops beating off the occupying LTTE terrorists on 25th April.
The centuries old 'Our Lady of Madhu' is held sacred and respected by all Sri Lankans irrespective of religion and ethnicity. Thousands of pilgrims used to visit the shrine, especially during the annual 10 day church feast on August, before the terrorists took control of the area in 1999.
The earnest belief of Catholics and many peace loving people have paid off a defence official said, further adding that the Army has already made 1.5 million rupees worth renovation at the holy place.
More information will follow.
(Courtesy: Ministry of Defence )
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