Photos: Pope Francis holds mass for lakhs of Sri Lankan devotees, visits church in war-torn North

 Photos: Pope Francis holds mass for lakhs of Sri Lankan devotees, visits church in war-torn North

Catholic faithful hold up rosaries as they participate in Mass led by Pope Francis at Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz. Francis declared Vaz a saint at the start of the service. The church considers Vaz a great model for today's faithful, ministering to the faithful of both Sri Lanka's ethnic groups and putting himself at great risk to spread the faith. AP

A devotee stretches out his hand to touch the hand of Pope Francis as he arrives to hold a mass at Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Francis declared Vaz a saint at the start of the service. The church considers Vaz a great model for today's faithful, ministering to the faithful of both Sri Lanka's ethnic groups and putting himself at great risk to spread the faith. AP

A devotee stretches out his hand to touch the hand of Pope Francis as he arrives to hold a mass at Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz: AP

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday to show solidarity with the victims of the country's 25-year civil war and urge forgiveness and reconciliation "for all the evil which this land has known." AP

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday to show solidarity with the victims of the country's 25-year civil war and urge forgiveness and reconciliation "for all the evil which this land has known." AP

Pope Francis smiles after getting a garland from a child as he arrives for an interfaith meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of brutal civil war without pursuing the truth about abuses that were committed. AP

Pope Francis smiles after receiving a garland from a child as he arrives for an interfaith meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis brought calls for reconciliation and justice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday as he began a weeklong Asian tour, saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of brutal civil war without pursuing the truth about abuses that were committed. AP

A man kisses Pope Francis's hand upon his arrival in the seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.  Pope Francis pressed his call for Sri Lankan unity and reconciliation Wednesday with a Mass in Colombo to canonize the country's first saint and a visit to the war-ravaged north to pray at a shrine revered by both Sinhalese and Tamil faithful. AP

A man kisses Pope Francis's hand upon his arrival in the seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015: AP

Sri Lankan Hindu priest Kurakkal Somasundaram, right, presents a shawl to Pope Francis during an inter-religious meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis has worked to avoid cloaking himself in the mystical power that popes are so often endowed with by believers, but still many of the thousands who came out to see him hoped for a touch or a blessing from him. AP

Sri Lankan Hindu priest Kurakkal Somasundaram, right, presents a shawl to Pope Francis during an inter-religious meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis has worked to avoid cloaking himself in the mystical power that popes are so often endowed with by believers, but still many of the thousands who came out to see him hoped for a touch or a blessing from him. AP

Updated Date: Jan 15, 2015 09:33:28 IST