Sri Lankan president calls Italian priest a friend
January 20, 2011
“Reverend Father Iasso is a true friend of Sri Lanka…He has contributed to the emergence of peace,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of bishops, priests and parliamentarians on Jan. 18.
Father Guiseppe Iasso from Mercogliano, southern Italy, has been working in Sri Lanka since 1982. He built the model village of unity in Nawalapitiya that housed 60 Muslim, Hindu and Christian families, a vocational youth training center and houses for tsunami victims. He also funds annual scholarships from Italy for deserving students.
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