Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, on 13 October 2015, appointed as new National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Sri Lanka for a five year term (2016-2021), Rev. Pedige Basil Rohan Fernando, of the diocesan clergy of Kurunegala. The appointment became effective on 27 January 2016.
The new National PMS Director, born 12 February 1968, was ordained a priest for the diocese of Kurunegala on 2 August 1997. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Missiology awarded by the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. He has served as assistant parish priest and parish priest in a number of communities and mission stations, and also as Diocesan Director of Pontifical Mission Societies Youth. Presently he is Procurator General of the diocese. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 29/02/2016