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Rajapakse apologist in contention for Papacy – Forbes

The Sinhalese head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, has been touted as a possible successor to Pope Benedict XVI by Forbes magazine.

The Cardinal has been widely criticised for his lack of concern about the plight of Tamil priests, arrested by the military in Mullivaykal in May 2009 and has been accused of supporting the government’s land grabbing and militarisation.

Cardinal Ranjith has also spoken out against last year’s resolution at the UN Human Rights Council, saying that "such efforts by western powers is an insult on the intelligence of the people of Sri Lanka".