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Rathnapura

Roughly 100km (64 miles) southeast of Colombo on the outskirts of the hill country, Ratnapura is known as Sri Lanka's gemstone capital. The town has fine views of Adam's Peak on the eastern horizon, and is surrounded by thickly forested hills.

Precious stones are dug by hand from small pockets of gem-bearing gravel in the hills and fields around Ratnapura, and include sapphires, rubies, moonstones, and a variety of semiprecious stones such as beryl, zircon, garnet and quartz, all of which you will be offered on the street by shady looking characters offering a 'special price'. As many naive buyers have found, there are no bargains. Precious and semi-precious stones are also sold loose by a number of more reputable stores, but prices are little different from those in Colombo or indeed the rest of the world

DIOCESE

 RATNAPURA

Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Cletus Chandrasiri Perera OSB

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Tensin Perera

Area

 

No. of Catholics

 19,000

No. of Parishes

 21

No. of Churches

 126

No. of Diocesan Priests

 19

No. of Religious Priests

 05

No. of Rev. Sisters

 58

No. of Convents

 09

No.of Junior Seminarians

 11

No. of Shrines

 01

No. of Elder's Homes

 02

No. of Children's Homes

 01

Name of 1st Bishop

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Bishop Harold Anthony

Name of 3rd Bishop

 Bishop Ivan Jayasundera (Bishop-Elect)

Name of 4th Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. Cletus Chandrasiri Perera

Name of 5th Bishop

 

Name of 6th Bishop

 

 
 

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