13 June 2021
COLOMBO PORT CITY AND KACHCHA THEEVU
Today is St Anthony’s day. In Sri Lanka – to believers in St
Anthony, this is the parallel of Vesak for Buddhists. I was deeply hurt by the
Easter Bombings due to my belief in St Anthony through the church at Kochchikade.
The origins of the church are presented as follows by Wikipedia:
[The church's origins relate to the early Dutch colonial period when Catholicism was banned from the island,
with Catholic priests carrying out sermons from hiding places. Fr. Antonio
disguised himself as a local merchant, finding refuge with a local fishing
community at Mutwal. According to local legends the community sought
his help to stop the sea eroding their village, and Fr. Antonio planted a cross
and prayed at the beach, resulting in the sea receding and the community
converting to Catholicism. The Dutch authorities then allocated him some land
to carry out his sermons, whereupon he built a mud brick chapel dedicated to St.
Anthony of Padua (Sant'Antonio da Padova). Fr. Antonio is buried within the
finding the true causes of the Easter Bombings which seriously damaged this
church, we would be vaccinating ourselves against such attacks in future. Every
believer would thus protect her/himself and those who are part of her/his home
group would find the truth needed by her/him.
terms of heritage Land is immovable custodian and persons are movables. Mr Thiyagarajah
Maheswaran’s natural grave is across the road – at the Hindu temple for Lord
Shiva. Unless we found the true cause of that killing, that place would continue
to carry the infection which would be a threat to those who were responsible
and their descendants.
As per TELO’s article ‘Concerns raised over possible
security threats to Colombo Port City’:
[The Institute of National
Security Studies, the premier think tank on national security established under
the Ministry of Defence, organized a discussion on “Urban Security and Safety:
the Port City” with the participation of experts from the tri-forces.
“When the Port City is
emerging as an economic hub and a maritime center in the Indian ocean, ensuring
security becomes a priority for all,” the Ministry of Defence said.
Since we do not have direct
influence over the Government in such matters, we need to ‘vaccinate’ ourselves
thought our prayers to St Anthony of Kochchikade, who protected us from the
perils along coastal areas. This is why we have a church for St Anthony at
Kachchai Theevu in the Northern seas of Sri Lanka.
One wonders whether like Kachchai
Theevu ownership between Sri Lanka and India – Colombo Port City also would be
loosely shared by China and Sri Lanka.