Benedict XVI met with the president of Sri Lanka and has asked him not to
hinder the religious freedom of the Catholic Church in this predominantly
Buddhist country where Christians make up only 6 percent of the population.
Sri Lanka's parliament is considering a law banning religious
conversions "it deems fraudulent," which could open the door to many abuses.
The two leaders discussed Sri Lanka's situation, which has experienced 20
years of civil war. The Pope has asked him to help the civilian population and
to pursue the path of dialogue to find solutions.